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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: In him was life
By Dave Strout
06/17/06


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The fresh cold mountain air pressing in on my face, cheeks burning, heart pounding madly, eyes focused and shifting quickly, my legs, ankles, and hands responding faster thoughts can be formed. Ahh…..Life!

The familiar burn had begun, the wait was over and now things could move right along. My baby’s head was past the cervix, the agony of labor was past, the pressure intensified as my child moved through the birth canal. Ahh…..Life!

Becoming aware of a faint repeating tone, I open my eyes slowly and see the tear stained cheeks of my wife, and a brave smile beaming through her worried face. “You made it dear” she said in whispered tones. Pressing my hand to her lips, her soft sobs being released from deep within, the wait is over. Ahh…..Life!

I want to run away, just forget it all, get out of here and forget! I hate life, I hate living I hate people, I hate…….Oh…..just leave me alone! Get out of here, do you hear me! Get out of here! I screamed in my apartment, throwing my self on the bed, I knew my dad was praying for me. I knew he was pleading for my life, I knew he wouldn’t give up, I knew that his love was winning out. We both know this is a battle of life and death. In my deepest yearnings I want life, but my hurts are so deep, I may hate now, but don’t give up, please don’t give up, I want life. Ahh…...Life!

Life! John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. KJV


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Marilyn Schnepp 06/22/06
A bit complicated and comfusing...but reached out and touched a fiber of my being...needs to be read more than once to get the drift.
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
This is like a rapid slide show--little pictures of life. I was confused by the rapidly shifting points of view (who is narrating this?), but the mood definitely shines through.
Allen Clupny06/24/06
It looks like two births are occuring. The contractions of muscle like the pressure of sin pushing us thru canals of fluidity to a solid place we were meant to live.

Well...it sounded good anyway.
dub W06/26/06
Not sure where this is going, perhaps with a little expansion it might be clearer.