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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Calm (emotionally) (09/13/07)

TITLE: Must Fill My Mind With Him
By Laurie Glass
09/15/07


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A victim of anotherís selfishness,
Feel beaten, battered, bruised and torn apart.
In awe of actions, words that cut, destroy,
And long to purge emotions in my heart.

I tried to offer grace and patience, love
To help the other see the selfish sin.
It didnít work and only hurt me more.
Feel righteous anger rising up within.

How can a person be so obstinate?
A table turning fury grips my soul.
I wonder how Iíll ever rise above.
I wonder when Iíll ever heal, feel whole.

Express myself through venting, tears and prayer
And yet remain upset at selfish one.
Donít want to carry all this rage inside,
Just want to leave it all behind, be done.

So how do I forgive, let go, move on?
Itís only through the One who holds my hand.
He understands my feelings and my needs.
I trust He has a loving, healing plan.

I fill my heart, my soul, my mind with Him
For Heís the only one with healing balm.
When resting in His love, I feel at peace.
Enjoy the moments when I feel the calm.


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Jan Ackerson 09/20/07
The phrase "table turning fury" is just SO good! Wonderful last stanza in this perfectly metered and structured poem.
Marilyn Schnepp 09/21/07
What a lovely, fulfilling poem. Perhaps He won't answer all our questions, but He will calm our soul if we fill our mind with Him. Nicely metered and rhymed, and just reading it seemed to calm my worried mind.
Frank Creed09/22/07
Poetry is a form I really can't critique. I loved your words "table turning fury". I liked this piece. Then again I liked the lines of the AMC Pacer when it first came out. Reminded me of the Jetsons. *duck thrown items*
Linda Watson Owen09/30/07
Laurie, this is such a real, straight to the innermost parts poem. There's no sentimentality, just real life, real 'eye to eye', 'this is the way it is' style, and I find that refreshing and honest. I know where this poem comes from. It's a place we all have lived in at times. You've really captured that place, feeling, and the solution. You've spoken for so many of us!