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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Death Watch
By Kelly Klepfer
05/17/07


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Prickles dance across my skin
I turn
But the room is empty.

I reach but peace evades
I clutch – love flees
I forgive
My mind remembers and plots
Even while I sleep.

Alone
Afraid
I wander

Under this rock, I find grief
The lights flicker and regret scurries
Into the dark corners.

In the mirror
Haunted eyes pull
Inviting me to continue
My dance of death.

A breeze flutters my hair
Behind me, in my reflection,
Nothing

But nothing reaches for me
I hear His voice
“Don’t give up.”

I turn
I face that what calls me
“Who are you?”

“I am.”

“I want to see you.”
Warmth heats my face and I close my eyes – to bask in the Son.
Dancing water sounds in the distance, the spray dots my lips.
I open my eyes again.
Light invades the room.

“Do you see Me?”

“No.”
“I hear you.
I smell you.
I feel you.”

“Open your mouth.”
Pomegranate, honey, wine quench my thirst.
I gasp. “More.”

“There is more. Come, Live, You are forgiven.”
My eyes open, my fingers reach.
Blinded until a hand grasps mine.

My finger slides, grazing a hole. That hole is mine.

My chest constricts, eyes overflow, legs give out – guilt crushes me.

His feet - I kiss them, rub with my hair
Rinse with my tears.

“Rise, Beloved. There is much to do.”

I stand, take His hand
And leave my death behind.


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Benjamin Graber05/24/07
Lovely. Beautiful reminder of what Christ offers us.
Donna Howard05/24/07
I like this. Lots of emotion I can identify with. Beautifully done.
Rita Garcia05/24/07
WOW! A feast for my soul!
Joyce Poet05/24/07
AWESOME!
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
You've woven a powerful message in this free verse poem. fantastic!
Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
Lots of feeling. Good job.