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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: Penance Comes
By hannah anderson
07/13/08


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Penance comes in the form of memory as we cling to the unforgettable,
Harbor treacherous secrets, and cherish whatís past as dark and unforgivable.

Though each day, His grace visits us anew, we refuse to believe it satisfies,
And so get up and dress our souls again with pleasing thoughts of guilt and shameful lies.

And we delight in this unworthiness but not so as to magnify His grace;
Instead we piously assure ourselves of our complicity with Adamís race.

We resist His grace, for in its power we would undoubtedly forget our sin
And be no longer master of our souls, but helpless, we would lose ourselves in Him.

But again this weight of shame emboldens, that perhaps, we may yet give recompense;
In our remembering what God forgot, we still attempt to prove our competence.

So then, through memory, we seek to find that which, where the points of every compass meet,
His grace once forgave, forgot, and buried in the depths of impenetrable deep.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/17/08
This excellently written poem packs a powerful punch. You managed to give a very convicting message in your well chosen words.
Sara Harricharan 07/23/08
Short and sweet! I liked the two-line format and the ending verse was the best. Great job! ^_^