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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: The One Thing
By Brenda Craig
01/30/08


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Part I – The Bleeding

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...beseeching
Into bowls of His considering
Heart wondering
Heart pondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my own...conceiving
Into bowls of His receiving
With moisture depleted
Among cycles repeated
Yet…
In heavenly places seated
Heart pondering
Heart wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...longing
Into bowls of His keeping
Love has abated
Now adulterated
Garden locked and gated
Deceived
Devastated
…On Egypt’s…shifting sands of promise
Heart pondering
Heart wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...regretting
Into bowls of His caring
Promise upon promise
Vow upon vow
Edifices building
Walls un-scalable
Heights unattainable
With heart still pondering
Heart still wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...declaring
Into bowls of His hearing
Pledge upon pledge
Good intentions ascending
Deception unending
Drought unrelenting
With Heart still pondering
Heart still wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...suffering
Into bowls of His relieving
Longing
Ever needing
To not be unbelieving
Among worldly things deceiving
Satisfaction fleeting
With Heart still pondering
Heart still wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Heart bleeding, liquid prayers seeping
From the bowels of my...self-choosing
Into bowls of His surrendering
Lost…
In acts of doing
Born of beauty fleeting
No longer fulfilling
Empty…
With Heart still pondering
Heart still wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

Part II – The Releasing

His heart releasing, liquid prayers returning
From bowls of His keeping
Into depths of my needing
Washing over pride
Where deception hides
Seeping into soils depleted
Seeping into love abated,
Into heart adulterated
Unlocking gardens gated
Slowly imparting
To heart still pondering
To heart still wondering
What is?
The One Thing –
That Matters?

His heart releasing, liquid prayers returning
From bowls of His dispensing
Into heart now receiving
Birthing the humble
Among feet that stumble
Among WORLD declaring
The ground preparing
In new Heart desiring
In new Heart hoping
In new Heart believing
Gently imparting
The One Thing
That Matters

His heart releasing, liquid prayers retuning
From bowls of His freeing
Into heart of my being
Into moisture depleted
Into love abated
Into gardens gated
Into soil crying
Into seed dying
Into pride of doing
With love wooing
Into new Heart desiring
Into new Heart hoping
Into new Heart believing
Graciously imparting
The One Thing
That Matters

His heart releasing, liquid prayers returning
From bowls of His finding
Into a heart once vanishing
Truth descending
With humility unending
Causing
Heart once pondering
Heart once wondering
To know
Through all worldly doing
Through all unbelieving
Though good they seem
At day’s end
There is only
One Thing
That Matters

Part III – The Communing

Our hearts communing, liquid prayers mingling
With promises of remembering
His love seeping
Into bowls of my believing
My heart trusting
No longer deceiving
My heart rejoicing
Among words declaring
The meeting of every need
Love now unabated
With garden un-gated
Freely receiving
The One Thing
That Matters

Part IV – The Delighting

My heart delighting, liquid prayers singing
From the bowels of my...responding
Into bowls of His rejoicing
Love unabated
World negated
Egypt defeated
In heavenly places...
Still seated
Faithfulness instated
Spirit elated
Now redeeming
Now receiving
Life...anew
With seed now living
Unto
Faith birthing
The One Thing
Satisfying
The One Thing
Mattering
No more pondering
No more wondering
For
At day’s end–
The One Thing
Mattering
Is He!


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Shari Armstrong 01/31/08
A simply beautiful poem, I loved the progression.
Debbie Wistrom02/03/08
I'm lost again in the delight of this style. Great words! LOVED IT!
Joanne Sher 02/04/08
Excellent progression and masterfully structured and expressed.
Jan Ackerson 02/05/08
Beautiful and masterful--a truly great poem.
Rita Garcia02/05/08
I am blessed by your gift to touch the heart of God and express it with words! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece!