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

TITLE: Making Strides
By Kristi Sands
05/21/07


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In anger I run, seeking escape
My life is not what I desired
My feet pound the pavement
Stride after stride
Sweat dropping, body now tired

Why does life hurt so deep and so long
Why canít I just let it go
Others seem happy
And Iím so confused
Feeling so lost and unknown

Step after step Iím further away
But what has my running achieved
I slow up my pace
I turn to look back
And nothing but dust is now seen

Standing alone disgruntled, confused
I kick up a pile of dust
It rises unsettled
And drifts to the ground
Reminding me why I can trust

God formed my being from the dirt on the ground
He is the Author, Creator, and King
Iíve been unhappy
Satisfaction unfound
Because I made it all about me

Reaching and sifting this dirt through my hands
Tears start to run down my face
Lord, I am sorry
For drifting so long
For taking for granted your grace

Rising with newness, I run once again
Now with a heart that is free
My feet hit the pavement
Stride after stride
A rhythm of love for my King


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Julie Arduini05/24/07
Beautiful, this flowed perfectly to me from title to end. Wonderful job!
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
I like the imagery of the runner and the dust that teaches this timeless truth so effortlessly. Well done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/26/07
The last line sums up the poem nicely "A rhythm of love for my King."
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
Wonderful. Very easy read.
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
Beautiful poetry here. Very well written. Wonderful pov.
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
I like that last stanza, and how it is connected with the first.
I suggest that you add punctuation; it makes a poem easier to read.
Keep up the good work!