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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: River (08/31/06)

TITLE: Source of Life
By geoff anderson
09/03/06


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The river rushed along
in a sunburst of spring,
flooding the lowly plains
and restoring desert soil
with precious minerals,
borne on its silted current
from the hills of Galilee.
It filled the echoing aquifers
that fed the thirsty wells
for many miles around.

The river ran between seas,
one alive with fish,
the other dead with salt.
It was a border long ago,
separating slavery in Egypt
from freedom in Canaan.
Once crossed, a golden age
ensued, till sin entered in
and shattered the dream.

John stood in the river
and used the Galilean flow
to cleanse all who repented.
Jesus stepped forward
and was recognised by John.
‘How can the Lamb of God
be baptized by me?’
thought John. ‘I am in need
of being washed by Him!’
But Jesus said it had to be.

So a river of Spirit
poured down on God’s Son.
Now the border is crossed
once again, from slavery
into the promised land,
every time a sinner
is baptized in this river,
which issues from the Father
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
source of eternal life.


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Donna Haug09/07/06
You have an interesting message here using the Jordan River as your analogy. I'm not a poem critic. I like rhythm and rhyme in a poem ... but I realize not all poems are to be written that way.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/08/06
I too, am a rhyme and rhythm person; but this free verse is nicely done.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/15/06
PS: By the way, Congratulations on your Davey Award. Davey's are hard to come by. God Bless.
Edy T Johnson 09/16/06
This is certainly on target for the topic, and your title, Source of Life, implies both the physical and the spiritual dimensions of life, which your free verse declares very well. I've noticed your name showing up in comments, here, quite generously. I'd like to welcome you--since I see you haven't been aboard very long--and commend you for jumping right in to the faithwriters fiesta! We're happy to have you here, friend!