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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: Caught
By Melanie Kerr
02/04/07


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This place that’s so still
This sea that’s so calm
Should be to my soul
A soft soothing balm

With fingers engaged in
An old welcomed task
“Where is the peace
And contentment?” I ask

I know I’m not waiting
Where He told me to stay
But on a boat fishing
In this place far away

There should be such joy
When I look on His face
But here I am hiding
Soiled by my disgrace

His words of forgiveness
Were not meant for me
If you knew my crimes
I’m sure you’d agree

I watched from a distance
The cruelty and hate
Reducing a man
To a pitiful state

This man was no stranger
But one I called “friend”
Someone I deserted
Denied at the end

“Have you caught any fish?”
A shout from the shore
The voice is familiar
I’ve heard it before

Without hesitation
And grabbing my coat
I hurl myself forward
And jump from the boat

At once I am swimming
Against a strong tide
Compelled by a passion
That churns deeps inside

“Does He still love me?”
I hunger to know
Unless He commands me
I know I won't go

His hand reaches out
And He smiles at me
My guilt’s wiped away
Unfettered – I’m free

“Oh yes, Lord, I love you
You know that it’s true
I offer my life and
My heart up to you.”

“Your lambs will be safe
Under my watchful care
For each of Your children
I’ll always be there.”

“Lead me, dear Shepherd
With you I will go
And tender devotion
To you I will show.”


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Betty Castleberry02/09/07
Very nice. You've captured some emotions I think many of us feel at times. Good rhyme as well.
cindy yarger02/12/07
Wonderfully done...
Sharlyn Guthrie02/12/07
Nice job. You told the story in a way that helped me to relate to what Peter was thinking and feeling.
Joanne Malley02/14/07
With my reignited love and interest of poetry, I applaud you. Terrific job! Blessings, Jo
Sara Harricharan 02/14/07
So smooth flowing and easy to read. I loved this, the feelings and emotions were ones that a lot of us can relate to. Excellent job for capturing this in such beauty. ^_^
Jan Ackerson 02/14/07
How very touching, and written with great skill.
Sheri Gordon02/14/07
This would be wonderful in a devotional book. Beautiful.
Myrna Noyes02/15/07
This is part of my favorite story about Jesus! I love it when he fixes breakfast on the beach for his disciples and then commissions Peter to feed His lambs! Very well-written poem!
Cheri Hardaway 02/15/07
This is just beautiful! Job well done. Blessings, Cheri
william price02/15/07
Melanie, way to go!!! Congrats on your EC. God bless.