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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: War Within
By Rachel Burkum
10/17/07


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The voice…
So quiet I stop to hear.
You don’t want to go tonight.

So sweet…
Makes me want to listen.
There will be so many people there.

Those words…
They chain me to my chair.
People always stare at you.

So quiet…
I wonder if I’m even right.
You don’t need to go there now.

The reasoning…
Maybe it really is the truth.
You don’t need nobody else.

So convincing…
Should I just stay here tonight?
They’re all a bunch of hypocrites.

Another voice…
Reminds me of things I know.
Two are better than one.

I recall…
The real truth beckons to me.
Don’t listen to those lies.

The need…
Why should I sit all alone?
Where two or three are gathered…

So honest…
I lean in one direction.
Unity is the strength inside.

I stand…
Perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad.
Love is resting in their arms.

Should I…
I want to feel the warmth.
Joy is found in fellowship.

Two voices…
You needn’t depend on them.
...Lean on them for support.


The battle…
Don’t give in - it’s weakness.
...Strength is found in numbers.


It tears…
Listen to me, you know I’m right.
...Look to God - He holds the key.


Kneeling now…
I can’t go on alone.
Community is strength.

The truth…
To follow Christ should not be lonely.
Togetherness is needed.

I go…
Shut out the voice that binds me.
I listen to peace and hope.

It’s there…
My Family watching for me.
Love is waiting there.


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Paula Titus 10/18/07
Truly beautiful. A complete picture of the struggle that goes on inside of every believer. Thank you.
Lynda Schultz 10/19/07
Who doesn't recognize this battle? You have described it so well. Good work.
Joanne Sher 10/19/07
Wonderfully vivid and TRUE depiction of that battle that so many of us have gone through. Excellent.
Darlene Casino 10/22/07
Hi; My first thought is 'WOW'. Your piece is so creative, yet the message is clear. I have heard those same voices raising conflict in my soul. Beautifully done...
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/22/07
Such meaning can be found in this wonderful free verse.
Sharlyn Guthrie10/22/07
Excellent message, and superb format for this poem.
LauraLee Shaw10/23/07
Incredible! I really related to this dual conversation. Fabulous writing.
Jan Ackerson 10/23/07
Wow! This is awesome!
Dee Yoder 10/24/07
Simply beautiful verses. Your poetic descriptions of this inward battle are very astute and wonderful. I like this entry very much.
Loren T. Lowery10/24/07
I enjoyed the message, beautifully told and the creative way you ended with last four stanzas.
Betty Castleberry10/24/07
I've had this struggle. This is an interesting take on the topic. I enjoyed it.
Sheri Gordon10/25/07
Congratulations on your EC. Wonderful take on the topic. Your struggle is so eerily familiar -- like you were inside me when you wrote this. Very good writing.