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

TITLE: Going Under
By Patty Wysong
05/22/07


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These waves
Are washing over me,
They’re about
To pull me down.
You told me
To walk out to You
And now
I’m going under.

Why, Lord?
I want to understand.
I’ve followed closely
Where You’ve led,
So careful to obey
And still this storm
Has come my way.
It’s wrapped around me,
Smothering me,
Threatening to destroy my life
And all that I hold dear.

Why, My Lord?
Did I imagine Your voice,
Or Your call upon my life?
Have I disobeyed You
In some way
That I don’t see,
Overlooked?
What have I done
To warrant this?
Please tell me
So I can repent!
The waves are more than I can bear
They’re towering over my head.

You reach out Your nail scarred hand
And draw me close to You.
“My child with little faith,” You sigh,
“It’s the waves that drew Me nigh.
I walked across the stormy sea
Sure footed and secure.
These waves that you so fear
Are merely tools I use,
Wielded with great care.

“There are things you need to learn, My child,
Without the gale you wouldn’t see-
You think your faith so strong in Me,
When really it’s weak and frail.

“Without the storm
You’d never see
How small your faith in Me.”


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Joanne Sher 05/24/07
I can SO relate to this one - I think we all can! It flows nicely, and the message is profound.
Julie Arduini05/24/07
This is great! You read my heart, maybe even my journal, and made this shine. Very well written.
Mo 05/25/07
Very good!
Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
Great lesson here. Good job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/26/07
The last stanza, so powerful, sums it all up beautifully.
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
What a wonderful truth expressed here. Good job.
Benjamin Graber05/30/07
I really liked this one - that ending is powerful!
dub W05/30/07
Interesting, almost lyrical.
Betty Castleberry05/30/07
I have felt this way so many times. This was lovely, and so true.
Sharon Henderson05/30/07
Don't we all feel this way sometimes? Well said.
Loren T. Lowery05/30/07
I ditto the comments above - you've touched an universal chord that runs through all of us. I like the way you ended, showing that regardless of the situations we find ourselves in, He is always in control.
Rita Garcia05/30/07
Awesome! Absolutely, AWESOME!

I can sooo relate!
LaNaye Perkins05/30/07
Boy could I relate to this poem. I've been there many times. You did a great job getting your message across in this poem.
Sara Harricharan 05/30/07
Very nice! I think you did a pretty good job here! ^_^ The title fits it well and the ryhthm of it is just right. Great job!