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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: Out Of The Depths
By vincent lyons
04/05/09


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"Down" speaks to me of blistered feet,
Of the gutter and the lonely street,
Of hopelessness and thrash can food,
Nights spent in fearful solitude.

It speaks to me of alleys bleak
Where dampness clings and sewers reek,
The vacant stares of hooded souls
Trapped and lost in this awful hole.

It shouts aloud of hopes suppressed,
Of jackboot force and hearts depressed,
Of freedom lost to hellhole cells--
A place where evil power dwells.

"Down" clearly points to things of death,
Of sin and Hell and cold damp earth,
Dispiriting the heart and mind--
How can I leave it all behind?

If from this state I could but rise,
Escape this darkness I despise?
I cry aloud to God above--
He lifts me out in gracious love.

He lifts me up on eagle's wings;
In ecatasy my spirit sings,
Where faith and hope and love combine
To free my heart and soul and mind.

"Up" speaks to me of sweet release,
A place of love, a life of peace;
It speaks to me of joyful sounds
Where exultation knows no bounds.

Heaven's my promised dwelling place,
Beyond confines of time and space
Where "up" will reach eternity
And "down" is wiped from memory.


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Linda Wright04/09/09
This is a brilliant poem! You have described man's "down" condition of hopelessness and fear perfectly. No less perfect is the way you have described the "up" condition of sheer joy when God in mercy and grace "lifts me up on eagles' wings." This is a lovely, well written poem! You have taken a difficult topic and nailed it.
Bryan Ridenour04/09/09
Wonderful poem expressing the "downs" of this world and God's uplifting Hand! Nicely Done!
Natalie Moore04/11/09
Your poem is a beautifully written expression. I love how it ends on the hopeful "up" note while not ignoring the reality of the "down" of this world.
Kathleen Morris04/12/09
Oh I sooo enjoyed this poem! You are a great writer!
Beth LaBuff 04/12/09
Excellent word choices in this poem that flows so smoothly! Flawlessly written!
Charla Diehl 04/14/09
Masterfully written--you took me with you on the "downs" and "ups" of life--and it's uplifting to know that God is always with us. Great work.
Lollie Hofer 04/16/09
Beautiful, heartfelt poem. Congratulations on a well-deserved win.