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

TITLE: Asleep in God's House
By Carol Sprock
04/08/09


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At first
I ran from panic
racing the early morning moon
across a desert floor
threateningly alive with dark shadows
writhing wraiths of blackness
ambush terrors

Then
I ran out of pride
dancing with eagle wraiths cast
along the plain
freedom winging my feet
tantalizing visions of promised blessings
marriage delights

Once
I paused from breathlessness
drinking ephemeral mist
within a rocky cleft
timorous bubbles faltering
barely wetting droughty throat
sweat haze

Later
I slowed out of weariness
shrinking under uncaring noontime sun
without respite
pooling mirages beckoning onward
entrancing my eyes
fog stupor

Finally
I stopped out of habit
arranging a careless sleeping place
upon rocky ground
furtive thoughts bedeviling my mind
pulsing with Father’s last words, and Mother’s
birthright theft

Suddenly
I quivered from dread-full awe
enfolded within a blazing radiance
devoid of earthly light
a stairway, there, cascading into heaven’s enormity
drawing my eyes upward, higher, ever higher
heaven ladder

Ceaselessly
angels shimmered with inscrutable purpose
ascending, descending
up and down that stairway
their holy songs wordlessly drumming inside my ears
praising the Lord of Hosts
Angel-Army King

“I AM,” He whispered in thunderblasts
my heart stopping
stuttering
pounding
time suspended
persisting
spiraling

No, could it be?
I see the angels soaring down to my earth
up to the very heavens
remembering Father praying
“May God Almighty favor you”
me
this God?

“I AM GOD
God of Abraham your father
God of Isaac
I AM the Lord.”

Frozen
I wait in terror
seeing, hearing, knowing this answer
to everything
my unbirthed questions burning within
a fomenting heart-choked chaos
tongue trusses

“I give you
this land, the land on which you rest
descendants like its blowing dust
shifting and spreading to its ends
blessed through you
I AM with you
watching o’er you
wherever you go
bringing you back
back to this land
never leaving you
till my promise is done
no
I will never leave you
until I complete my plan for you."

Now
I awake from alert sleep
tingling with wonder-prickles
up my spine and down
dimly understanding that I slumbered in
the living God’s place, His Holy House
Bethel monument


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Beth LaBuff 04/11/09
Your word choices are wonderful! When I realized your were writing about Jacob I had to go back and reread. The angels ascending and descending on the staircase are perfect for this topic. This is so powerful. I take my hat off to you!