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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: As a Whisper ...
By Kenn Allan


I do not know your earthly name,
Or recognize your face,
Yet from the fringes of my life,
You pray in silent grace;
With folded hands you lift me up,
Above the swirling chaff,
And wrap my cares,
With gentle prayers,
Sent forth on my behalf.

Your whispers drift upon the breeze,
And help my spirit growó
Requests too bold for me to speak,
Or too naive to know;
And if my faith is burning dim,
You treasure every spark,
And plead my case,
Without disgrace,
While kneeling in the dark.

How many others have you touched,
With your unceasing prayer?
How many teardrops have you shed,
When no one seemed to care?
How many dreams have been fulfilled,
Upon some sleepless night,
Because you chose,
To shun repose,
Until the morning light?

Yet if you passed from mortal life,
No mourner would presume,
Some monument should bear your name,
Beside that lonesome tomb,
But temples built of mortal praise,
Are not your sought reward,
For love declared,
By whispers shared,
Between you and the LORD.

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Helen Paynter12/14/06
A beautiful moving poem - some wonderful phrases - 'from the fringes of my life'. I think you over-used the commas at the end of lines a bit - if the phrase or thought continues to the next line, I think the comma should be omitted. But this really didn't detract in the least from a wonderful piece of writing.
Louise Fountain12/14/06
I love this poem, it's very touching and heartfelt. Good job!
Amy Michelle Wiley 12/14/06
Beautiful! Well done!
william price12/14/06
This is why I won't venture into poetry again any time soon. Outstanding. The power of a whisper. God bless.
Jacqueline Zerres12/14/06
Very moving. Don't know how you get all those words to come together in rhyme.
Sally Hanan12/14/06
Beautifully put together - I can feel the Holy Spirit whisper through it.
Pat Guy 12/15/06
Not only is this superb, it is superbly structured,

Verna Cole Mitchell 12/15/06
Thank God for all the dear people who intercede in prayer for others--and for you who wrote about them so eloquently.
Crystal Dueck12/16/06
THat was so beeautiful. I wonder which faces on this eaerth I all owe my blessings to. I will never know to the fullest extent who all faithfully prayed for me, but someday in heaven I will meet them and thank them. God bless you for writing this lovely poem!

Janice Cartwright12/16/06
I believe your poem came closer than any to describing a true unsung hero. And I guess I am old-fashioned in that I still like poems to rhyme.
Connie Van Berkel12/17/06
A beautiful work of art. Seems as though each word was chosen with care. Bless you for the message.
Beth Muehlhausen12/17/06
This says it all! Every word power-packed! A deeply moving expose. Love the whole thing.
Catrina Bradley 12/19/06
This is so beautiful! The rhythm flows in such a pleasing way, and the message is touching. Excellent!
Jan Ackerson 12/19/06
I'll echo what the previous commenters have said, and add that I really loved the poetic structure of this verse. Another winner, buddy!
Betty Castleberry12/19/06
Beautiful. I can't say any more than what's already been said.
Donna Powers 12/19/06
This is an absolutely amazing poem and it truly conveys the topic for this week. Excellent! Thanks for sharing this
Joanne Sher 12/20/06
Just gorgeous in every way and on every level! This warmed me.
Sandra Petersen 12/21/06
Congratulations, Kenn, on your well-deserved win. This was beautiful. I used to spend more time at prayerful intercession for others than I do right now. Your poem, or was it a prayer?, was an encouragement to me to get back to that ministry in earnest. With sincerity, thank you.
Sue Dent12/21/06
Now, stop it Kenn!!! You stop it this second! LOL This so fit the topic, IMO! And of course well-written. I've been bragging on you. Are your ears burning?
Donna Haug12/21/06
Congratulations ... again ...

Superb poetry!
Mark Anthony Belosa12/21/06

I loved this poem.
Such anointed words!
God bless!
This reminds me of a pastor's wife, only 32 yrs old, who passed away recently.

She was a prayer warrior and she had been used by God so many times to intercede on my behalf. She has gone to be with the Lord but I know her prayers are eternal.n

This poem so fits the theme.
Thank you for writing this!
God bless!
Chrissi Dunn10/26/07
Just reading this poem again. I never forgot it. It's got to be one of my favourites on this site. You captured the 'Unsung Hero' so well.
Sharlyn Guthrie12/16/14
Rest in the arms of your Savior, Kenn.
Dee Yoder 12/16/14
We will miss you, Kenn. Thank you for using the wonderful gift of poetry to enrich our lives.
Deborah Porter 12/16/14
Forever in our hearts, dear friend. You will live on through your writing. We will see you again one day.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/17/14
What awesome poetry you have written. I am sad that you have left us early, but I'm glad that your words will live on. I'll honor your memory with prayers for Susie and all your family.
Sheldon Bass 12/18/14
Can't seem to find words to speak just now. Perhaps it's just a time to feel your words Kenn. You are loved and already missed. Praying.