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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: I Rowed
By Loren T. Lowery
08/13/08


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Tossed upon a tempestuous sea,
I row.

Dark mist turns to dark rain.
Hidden and lost in its darkness;
I row.

Night stifles light
Thunder hides sound
Blind and deaf -
I row.

Winds twist bow to stern
Up is down
Right is left
Still, I row

Seeking, searching -
Neither gull nor compass to guide me
Hidden, lost in immensity;
I row.

Then trimmed lamps not veiled;
Gleams across the waves.
It is my brotherís keeping
Lights upon the shore.

Guiding, directing
Seeking vessels in the darkness -
Lost, hidden souls - tossed upon the waves,
It searches.

My vessel it found
My plight it revealed
My longing, my oars
Washed in it's gleam.

Hidden in the dark night of sin
I found the lighted shore
I rowed into the harbor
Blessed by my brotherís keeping
The lower lights to attend.

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Inspired by the words and music of "Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy" by Philip P. Bliss


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Amy Michelle Wiley 08/14/08
Lovely poem. Well done.
Kristen Hester08/15/08
I espcially like the way this stanza sounds:
Winds twist bow to stern
Up is down
Right is left
Still, I row

I also like the reptition of "I row." Very pretty.
Karen Wilber 08/16/08
Striking contrast of images--the storm and rough seas / the peaceful harbor and faithful lights. I'm not familiar with the song/hymn but I like this poem, especially the final stanza.
Joanne Sher 08/16/08
Just beautiful imagery and poignant meaning. This is very rich.
Leigh MacKelvey08/19/08
The concept of this poem is creative and interesting.I liked the short stanzas, the line breaks and the repetition.
There are a few abstract words that could to be replaced by a concrete image, such a "plight", but it worked anyway!
I love the free verse and the depth of the poem. Great job.