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

TITLE: Untitled Soliloquy
By Rhonda Clark


A frosty wind blows upon my face
And chills me to the bone,
Another day of loneliness
And facing the unknown.

Behind this frozen smiling mask
Bemoans a weary soul,
Beguiled by deceitful lust and
Befriended by injustice.

Caught in a world of hypocrisy
Cancels out my thoughts,
Christians preach their love, but
Cynicism abounds.

Distrust of humankind
Distracts from Christ alone,
Distinct voices fill my ears,
Dousing His call home.

Every place I go,
Every way I turn,
Every face I meet,
Expresses defeat.

Friends, try not to despair
For the war rages on,
Forces yet unseen
Face foes in realms unknown.

Glorify the King!
Give praise to His name!
Grace and mercy be upon us,
Guiding hearts onward home.

Hear me, mankind
Humans all around the world,
His name will be glorified
His Kingdom and His throne.

I should spread this news
I should tell all those I see,
Instead, I hide behind my smiling mask
Insecurity fills me.

Jealousy, envy, maliciousness,
Jade my worldview,
Judging eyes gaze my way with their
Jaundiced attitudes.

Knowledge of His word exposes a
Kaleidoscope of worldly wrongs,
Knowing of His Sonís return
Keeps my faith strong.

Longing yearnings of a heavenly eternity
Linger inside my soul,
Life is more than this world alone
Listen, for you too will know.

Many will hear this call,
Many will reject His plea,
My house and I will worship
My heart doesnít belong to me.

No one can ever steal my faith
No matter how hard they try,
No other could take His place
No, not even I.

Open up your hearts and see
Opposing points of view,
Others want to dam up this love
Offered from Him above

Protecting my heart from these foes
Protects my soul in earnest,
Projecting out His love to others
Problematic for me, it seems.

Quintessential love is what I should provide
Quickly to those in need,
Quiet words would answer
Questions about his mercy.

Respect for others should be my first nature,
Relying on His words,
Resentful, hardened hearts
Requires special concentration.

Sinful nature can be overwhelming
Since I am but a woman,
Slashing tongue often prevail instead of
Subservient Christian love.

Today is always the perfect day
To exude Christís love,
Too bad, I donít take my own advice
To witness to the lost.

Umbrellas of suspicion remain over me as my
Unbridled tongue thrashes carelessly,
Uncaring whom it hurts and
Unyielding in its pain.

Venom spewed upon those nearby looking for
Vindicating freedom,
Vilifies His love and a
Vision of sinís freedom remains unseen.

Who am I to steal their chance at
Witnessing Godís eternal love?
Why do I justify the misery of the
Weak, wounded and alone?

X-ray my heart to show it beating true and
X-ray my soul, as proof of Christ living there,
Xerocopy my intentónot my actions as a
Xenodochium for a strangerís welfare.

Youthful ignorance soon
Yields to wisdom of the King,
Yearnings for the Fatherís love and a light
Yoke more than satisfies.

Zealous fools hear my cry and
Zip your prideful ways,
Zero is not the number to strive for because
Zion awaits.

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Dara Sorensen05/24/07
Wow! That must have taken some time to come up with all that for each letter! I'm especially impressed with the letter 'x'--I don't even know what the one word is :-P

Great job!
Rita Garcia05/25/07
Benjamin Graber05/25/07
Very impressive job. I am amazed that you were able to work with all 26 letters, and still come up with a good poem!
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
I enjoyed this creative piece. Of course I'm a big fan of the ABC's. Great job!
Pat Guy 05/26/07
Wow! What an undertaking ... and you pulled it off so well! I loved soooo many of your word choices and soooo many of the truths.

Julie Arduini05/26/07
This is simply amazing. You get an A for creativity and what a powerful message to boot. And I have a feeling you'd make one great "Scrabble" game player...
Joanne Sher 05/28/07
Very impressive! The structure is wonderful, and this flows very well. Excellent!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/28/07
It took me until "I" to realize the alphabet thing you had going on. I think it's past my bedtime or something- LOL. Some excellent phrases throughout. It reads almost like a Psalm - goes from cynical to complaint to asking for help to seeing God for who He is. Very creative and thought-provoking. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 05/28/07
What a masterpiece of poetic craftsmanship! Despite the structure you imposed on yourself, you made this an extremely moving and honest Psalm. Excellent!
Myrna Noyes05/29/07
Wow! I am impressed! You did such an excellent job with this poetic, alphabetic piece! :)
David Butler05/30/07
So clever. I was wondering what you'd do with "X" when you came to it. I'll have to use that word "Xenodochium" in my novel.

Tres unique. Also showed some emotional honesty. Well done!
Donna Powers 05/30/07
I love it! The alphabet is well-used here. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing it
dub W05/30/07
Creative and powerful message. Good job.
Patty Wysong05/30/07
Wow! You did it so well I didn't even catch on until late in the poem! Great!!
Loren T. Lowery05/30/07
ABC: Absolutely beautiful and creative. I can't go on with the rest of the alphabet as I do not have your kind of talent. Awesome work!
Rebecca Jones05/31/07
How ingenious! That was amazing -- brilliant job!