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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Soul (07/13/06)

TITLE: Drought In My Soul
By Laurie Glass
07/16/06


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Deep inside,
where peace is blocked by doubt,
faith is drained by fear,
my well of hope is dry,
there’s a drought in my soul.

My spirit thirsts
for Life-giving Source,
an escape from the sand,
grace to sustain me
and strength to endure.

Parched,
I pant for a beginning,
a splash to alleviate
the burning,
the longing,
the yearning
in my soul.

I leave the desert behind,
zealously seek the Water,
upraised hands,
withhold nothing in my search,
resist looking back for even a second.

Swallow cold drop,
experience a moment of peace
and crave more of this comforting drink.

Stream opens up,
from a trickle
to a steady flow.
Thirst is quenched,
fears are vanquished
as faith floods in to take their place,
and hope fills my heart.

Grace pacifies,
strength soaks in,
deluge saturates my whole being.
Delighted the drought is over
rejoice in divine relief,
my soul is satisfied.

“I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” Ps. 143:6 (NIV)


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Jan Ackerson 07/20/06
Beautiful, beautiful free verse, with gorgeous images. I love it!
Amy Nicholson07/20/06
Beautiful! Nicely done!
Linda Watson Owen07/22/06
Oh,yes, beautiful imagery of the desert and the life giving Water! I like how you carried it all the way through this heart mirroring poem too. This spoke straight to my heart. So many times throughout life we do experience the thirst of our Lord in difficult experiences!! Beautiful!
Mishael Witty07/22/06
An awesome reminder that the Living Water is the only thing that satisfies. Thanks for sharing your interpretation of this verse.
Beth Muehlhausen07/24/06
Cool images! Loved the last stanza, especially. I'm refreshed!!!

:-)
Edy T Johnson 08/02/06
Your expressive writing makes this reader thirsty. You have certainly captured the essence of your subject in these choice verses. This is a most satisfying read, especially since we reach refreshment at poem's end.