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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: Pain
By Helen Murray
08/02/08


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Pain is unbearable, thump, thump, thump,
Unceasingly, cruelly, putting your life
On the piles at the local dump.

Emotional pain is equally cruel,
Just hidden from everyone’s sight
While you fight the life-threatening duel.

Why me? Why me? I’d like to be free.
Is there purpose in this?
I want to be free to be me!

Who’s me? There’s a function for pain.
It draws one’s attention to need.
You are not alone. The refrain

Is a mortal, eclectic, physical scream.
You are part of a fallen creation,
A lost, rediscoverable dream.

Your pain is a map permitted by God
To turn back your thoughts
To His wonderful, princely intention on hold

For a time. Will you leave your agenda
And fold into His bigger plan,
Become part of His dream, His splendour?

Let your pain be the signpost to Jesus.
He heals and embraces each one
Who trusts Him above others.

It’s astounding to find, when you know Him,
You’re glad that that signpost
Of pain was there, directing

Your eyes beyond normal, physical sight
Into the world of Heaven’s love.
Now you’re seeing right.

Do you realize without the pain
You’d have missed the whole point
Of connecting with our Creator again?


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Beth LaBuff 08/08/08
Your thoughts are great in this. I especially like this, "Is a mortal, eclectic, physical scream. -- You are part of a fallen creation, -- A lost, rediscoverable dream." The comparison of pain to a "signpost" and "a map to turn back your thoughts…" and then the implied "pain as a bridge to Him" is a very creative slant to the topic. I like this.
Joshua Janoski08/10/08
"Emotional pain is equally cruel,
Just hidden from everyone’s sight
While you fight the life-threatening duel."


That part stood out to me, having been one who has suffered from depression in the past. I like your message of hope in this. Thank you for sharing.

LauraLee Shaw08/11/08
Powerful emotion and passion exude from your rhyme. I love this piece so much, and it is definitely a keeper. Will be used for ministry purposes for years to come.
Corinne Boback08/11/08
This is such truth! The descriptions make you really "stop and think" and re-read the poem -- it is deep! This would speak to anyone going through pain, and help others see the purpose in it as they heal. Thank you for this beautiful work of art in the form of "vivid" poetry!