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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: A glorious fire
By Melanie Kerr
10/06/06


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You should have seen the fire
It was glorious!
Blazing with a blistering heat
Furious flames
Choking smoke
And all it took was
Just a small spark

An abundance of
Driftwood in the wilderness
Exploding out of Egypt
It tumbled around barren places
Rebellious attitudes
Rumbling complaints
Snarling and sniping
Dry spirits
Parched hearts
And arid souls

And I lit my match
As I whispered in the shadows
“Why him? Why not you?”
And their covetous eyes
Gazed lustfully on Aaron’s staff
“Why him? Why not us?”
Their shout echoed among the sand dunes

The ground split
The earth opened its mouth
And swallowed the jealous ones
And fire roared from heaven
Consuming men who envied
And people ran from the flames
Screaming

Embers glowed dull red
Sparks quietly hissed
Not extinguished
The fire smoldered
I whispered again
To twitching ears
Fanning the flames of resentment
“They were the Lord’s people…
And Moses killed them.”
And they gathered
And they grumbled


God’s wrath was ignited
Flames of a different kind
Licked at His stiff necked people
Disease crawled over their faces
Gouging holes
Ripping flesh
Seeping poison
Weeping blood

And I danced
Among the fallen bodies
Skipping lightly through the flames
Laughing riotously
“Did You really think
You could do it, God?
Take a sin-stained people
And find your image in them?
Look at them!
Look at you!
Yet again I win
You lose!”

Then I saw a man running
Into the flames
Was it water he carried?
Aaron
Armed with incense
And fire from the altar
Ran into the plague pocked crowd
Making atonement
He stood between the living and the dead

And a shadow fell
Hinting at
Another time, another fire
Another place, another plague
Another man running into the crowd
Making atonement

And the fire stopped burning
The plague ceased
And all wounds were healed

It was a glorious fire
While it lasted!






(Based on Numbers Chapter 16)


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Linda Watson Owen10/12/06
Oh, what wonderful images! How did you ever think of this great OT story in connection with this theme?? What creativity and skill!! Great! Love it!
Venice Kichura10/15/06
I agree--beautiful use of images & powerful!
Andrea Hargrove10/16/06
I never would have connected this chapter with firefighting. Had you just read it in your daily devotions? Anyway, it was a very well-written poem. It flowed nicely, and had great imagery.
Donna Haug10/16/06
Doesn't take much to start the grumbling and rebellion when the setting is right, does it! Great warning to us not to participate in that sort of thing to any degree! Thanks for making me think.
Jan Ackerson 10/16/06
This was awesome--I loved your poetic imagery--and the assonance, the alliteration, the rhythm...a fine, fine example of free verse.
Joanne Sher 10/16/06
How amazing is this? Such stark and memorable imagery, and such a message! Very creative. No wonder this is in masters!
Monique Fox11/13/06
Come and post your poetry at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/