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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: THE LADY OF DEATH VALLEY
By J. C. Lamont
08/12/06


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Deep is the valley of death. Long are the shadows she casts. Many are they that enter, never to return. There are many valleys in this world, my friend, but the valley of death, she is to be most feared. Her voice echoes on the ravines; a haunting, chilling whisper, beckoning souls to draw near. From the darkness, she strikes; her icy fingers gripping the soul, wrenching it from the body, and plunging it forever into her infernal depths. Thus is the fate of the soul who never embraces the light, who rejects the steep ravine of escape, and who forsakes the narrow path of bittersweet redemption. But for the soul who finds his Creator, he shall prevail and elude her grasp; and when death bars her noxious fangs, he will find himself exulted on the mountain of the Most High. Hearken unto him and heed his voice: O, death, where is thy sting? O, grave, where is thy victory?*







*1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV


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Helen Paynter08/19/06
Very powerful writing, and I would have liked more.
Pat Guy 08/23/06
I really enjoyed the depth of each word on this piece Purity. Here is the only small part I think confused me - '...steep ravine of escape,' - death has a connotation of 'going down.' I would think to 'escape' death would mean to reach up for something. (or rejecting that something)

But I really enjoyed how packed this is with visuals and truths. Poetic.
Joanne Sher 08/23/06
Wow - I can't believe how much power you packed into this short piece that is HUGE on impact! This is definitely a masterpiece. I know you did it short on purpose, but I would still love to see it expanded, just a bit.
Beth Muehlhausen08/23/06
The valley of death...uncertainty...dark and foreboding or exalted on the mountain of the Most High?! This says a lot with a few words. More, more, encore!!!

Amy Michelle Wiley 08/23/06
Powerful peice. I think it owuld read even better with a few paragraph spaces, but it is very good. BTW, it's good to see you back in the challenges! :-)
Karri Compton08/23/06
This was good, and it would've been even better section like poetry with stanzas. God bless.
Sally Hanan08/23/06
I can see where you are trying to go with this. While it does impact the reader, I think that if you took out all of the KJV lingo and spaced it out, it would be even better.

Deep is the valley of death. Long are the shadows she casts.

Many are they that enter, never to return.

There are many fearful valleys in this world, my friend, but the valley of death? She is to be feared the most.