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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: Unraveling
By Ruthie Yang
07/11/06


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The question wasn’t about forgiveness. That was a done deal. It was a question of dealing with secrets, and how secrets made her who she is now.
In all this time, no one in the family knew. The greater pain was that secrets meant no one truly understood her.
No one, not even she, could guess what had come from 30 continuous years of protecting, hiding, shielding, avoiding, pretending innocence, and compensating. Her need to put on the face of cheeriness, her need for order, and her cowardice – there were roots in these beyond sin and personality.
Questions arose. Was everything a reaction… just scar tissue? She finally surrendered permission for Him to unravel the tightly wound ball of who she was, who she is.

Somewhere, a thread
Meanders,
Tucking deeper
Into my flesh.

Ingrown,
Cordoned,
Scarred into
Silence.

Inflamed.
Unspoken.
Unseen.
Untreated.

He gentles out,
Exposes,
Raises the ugly, twisted
Filament.

Easing out
Buried stitches,
Unraveling pain
With beautiful pain.

Anointing peace
Into the redness,
Pressing over non-sense
Smoothing, soothing.

Healing scars define,
Acknowledge,
He knows a wound existed,
Exists.


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Jan Ackerson 07/17/06
I absolutely love this poem. Some of the best imagery that I've read here.
Steve Uppendahl 07/17/06
Very nice. I rarely write poetry, so I am by no means an expert, but this is very well done.

You did a great job using powerful short words (cordoned, scarred, inflamed, etc.) throughout your poem. They make a great impact on the reader.

I was surprised that each line was capitalized. For some reason, it distracted me a bit.

Excellent poem.
Donna Haug07/19/06
I found it interesting how you started with paragraph form and then went to poetic stanzas. It worked well. Good work.
Tim Pickl02/21/08
You have an amazing ability to convey the working of the Holy Spirit in just a few words!