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

TITLE: Circles
By Suzanne R
05/23/07


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Spattered raindrops hit the lake
Their appearance inconspicuous
Circles of energy ripple outward

Fireworks explode in brilliance
Radiating colour and energy
Around a humble centre

Planets orbit their glorious suns
Perfect order and balance
Many small celestial lords to their own satellites

Order

Balance

Plan


Yet lives spin out of control.
Family, work, community, health, fitness, hobbies struggle for priority
The ever-increasing desire to possess, achieve, advance
Our lives veer off in crazy spirals of energy, misspent, purposeless

Why?

Are we wiser than the centre of all creation?
Are we more balanced than the One who sustains all that is?
What has gone wrong?


Centre us, Almighty Creator
Focus our lives, thoughts, energies and purpose
May your fearsome power radiate through us in balanced spokes


Hindus chant
Buddhists meditate
Incense wafts heavenward
Pilgrims traverse earth, sea and even sky
Catholics rub rosaries
Protestants, once claimed to be beyond rite and ritual, develop meaningful ceremonies

In our different ways
We all strive to
Centre ourselves

Why is it so hard?

Creation’s catastrophe
The earth ripped off its axis
All that exists reeling still from the horror
Universal powers knocked from pedestals
Power unleashed
A typhoon
Careening around the
Centre

Havoc
Destruction
Chaos

The deceiver
The Redeemer

The battle
The end

But not yet


Restore to us our focus
Almighty Anchor
Powerful Potentate
Great God

In our small world today
Play out your victory
Reflect in us life restored
Creation as it was created to be

Evenly encircling
The Centre

Come, Lord Jesus, come


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Jacquelyn Horne05/24/07
How our souls long for the stability of a coming Christ! Good job.
Dixie Phillips 05/24/07
Adored the line
Restore us to our focus.... Loved how you brought it back around. Great job!
Maxx .05/24/07
Restore to us our focus
Almighty Anchor
Powerful Potentate
Great God

The power and feeling in this simple prayer is worth everything. Thanks for capturing this sentiment so well.
Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
This is great. I love this. Good job.
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
Excellent metaphor; I really appreciated this one.
One question: you used the phrase "meaningful ceremonies" - did you mean "meaningless ceremonies"? This confused me.
Keep up the good work!