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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

TITLE: Between the Dream and Dawn
By Linda Watson Owen


Between the fervor of the dream
and waking ache of dawn,
I struggle, wrenching my blurred mind
from sleep’s still clinging arms.

Voices echo dull within.
They in the dream still live,
and I can feel the urge to sink
into that dream again.

The dark command to enter back
into deep worlds once more
calls from the shadows of night’s realm
where voices still implore.

Yet when I ease into its hold
I feel I’ve lost my way,
for other voices call me out
into the light of day.

Between the land of scattered dreams
and shores of dazzling dawn,
I stumble, staggering into thought
where consciousness is born.

A maze, a whirl of dark and light,
I’m pulled into a spin.
It leaves me fumbling in my thoughts
of what and where I’ve been.

Eyes sting awake, a yawn, a stretch,
and night mist yields to sun.
Night slithers into shadows
as the brilliant day is come.

Were it not for the warm sunrise
that draws me to the light,
I’d stay content in darkened dreams
that hold me in the night.

Were it not for the dawn’s first rays
that shake me from the shade,
I’d still be caught in unreal worlds
where shadows play the stage.

Some day true Morning’s great Sun King
will blaze away earth’s haze,
and no more will Night’s phantom wings
obscure His Day of Praise.

All earth will see the Sunrise fair.
Confusion then will end,
as Night falls to eternal depths
ne’er to be felt again.

Glad earth and heaven then will dance,
pure celebration raise,
for no more will doubt be allowed
to shade the Son’s dear face.

“For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face:…”
I Corinthians 13:12a KJV

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Lynda Schultz 08/23/07
Beautiful. Wonderful analogy.
Marita Vandertogt08/24/07
I usually find poetry quite confusing but this was easy to read - moves along nicely and describes that state between there and here in a most relatable (if that's a word) way. Good job!
Dianne Janak08/24/07
LOVED THIS... and what a great description of our life here compared to what it will be. And it was written about one of my favorite scriptures that gives me hope when life here seems so strange and unclear. Good job!! A winner in my book.
Joanne Sher 08/24/07
Just beautiful. This flowed wonderfully and read so smoothly. And what a message@
Dee Yoder 08/24/07
Though I don't mind the night time with it's dreams, I love the thought that someday, we'll never see the dark side of life again! Your poetry is beautifully encouraging on this topic!
Beth LaBuff 08/25/07
Wow! This is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE this. I wanted to read it several times. You painted a picture with your words. I think you are a master artist. I've always liked the 1 Corinthians verse. Now, when I read it, I'll think of your poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/25/07
Both the words and the message are wonderful in this lyrical poem.
Jacquelyn Horne08/27/07
We've all been in that state of confusion between dreams and reality.
Laurie Glass 08/27/07
What a lovely poem. The last three stanzas bring such comfort and have me smiling.
George Parler 08/28/07
Beautifully written with nice imagery. Good job.
Debbie Roome 08/28/07
I really liked this.
Jan Ackerson 08/28/07
Oh, how lovely! I love the seamless transition--when the reader gradually realizes that she's no longer reading about the morning sleepies at all.
What a gorgeous aha! moment.
Betty Castleberry08/28/07
Lovely imagery entwined in a message of hope. Nicely done.
Laury Hubrich 08/28/07
Wow! I loved this poem. Great job!