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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: Transitions
By Dolores Stohler
04/12/09


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Across the burning desert sands
The King of Heaven trod.
The Staff of Life was in His hands;
He wore the face of God.

A light shone from His burning eyes,
From purpose deep within.
Driven beneath the scorching skies,
He mocked the lord of sin.

As blisters formed upon his feet
He paid them little heed,
Prevailed against the desert heat
For there was so much need.

His eyes were fixed upon the goal
Of saving souls from hell.
He didnít grasp the tempterís bowl
Nor drink from Satanís well.

The bread He offered wasnít just
To feed the soulís he taught,
But God the Fatherís word of trust:
Redemption could be bought.

And when He suffered on the tree
And heard the crowdís cruel roar,
He knew not loss, but victory,
For all their sins he bore.

His skin grew cold, His hands turned blue,
He died upon the cross,
And in the icy tomb He lay
While all the world knew loss.

But up He sprang that Sunday morn
When angels bid Him rise
And Thus the Son of God, reborn,
Ascended to the skies.

Then bow in worship, shout in praise,
Let every convert sing,
While all the hosts of Heaven raise
A banner to The King!


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Bryan Ridenour04/16/09
Great lyrical feel to this wonderful poem. Well Done!
Lollie Hofer 04/17/09
Beautifully written! I liked how I had to "hunt" for the hot and cold theme here. Very timely with Easter just a couple weeks past.
Sunny Loomis 04/21/09
Very nicely crafted! Enjoyed this a lot!
Sheri Gordon04/23/09
Congratulations on your EC. Very beautiful.
Loren T. Lowery04/23/09
This seems to be truly inspired, poetry straight from the heart. Well done and a well deserved recognition as an EC. Congratulations - Loren
Carol Slider 04/23/09
Thanks so much for this beautiful and moving poem! Congratulations!!
Myrna Noyes04/23/09
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RICHLY DESERVED EC FOR THIS POWERFUL POEM!! Your words and message flowed beautifully! (In the 5th stanza, I don't think you need the apostrophe in the word "souls.") Great writing!! :)
Sonya Leigh04/23/09
What an encouraging, uplifting poem! Great job with imagery too. Congratulations on your placements this week!
Charla Diehl 04/28/09
Great flow, rhyme and meter with this lovely telling of the Passion/Easter story. Congratulations on placing top in your level with this one.
Jim McWhinnie 05/17/09
This ought to be transformed into a hymn.

Exquisite.