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

TITLE: Growing Cold
By Sharlyn Guthrie
04/15/09


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Cold! The body’s growing cold
inside alabaster walls
isolated from the world,
her house filled up with treasure.
Fingers ‘round fine gems are curled.
Silence rings in hallowed halls
haunted by the saints of old.

Cold! The body’s growing cold,
intent upon her purpose.
Self protection was her choice.
Shoulder of indifference raised,
she ignored the Master’s voice
in manner cool and callous.
Pride crept in, taking its hold.

Cold! The body’s growing cold;
stripped of her former glory,
she lies wrapped in filmy gown,
enticing other lovers.
Turning, she despised her crown—
exchanged her wondrous story
for a tale easier told.

Once a Holy Fire burned
deep within her pulsing breast;
caused enlightened eyes to see
the world as Jesus saw it.
Charged with ardent urgency
she embraced the weak, oppressed;
fanned the Flame for which they yearned.

Burn again, oh Fire, burn!
Blaze within her fainting heart!
Melt the scales that blind her eyes,
and her nakedness expose.
Rouse her quick, before she dies;
once again your zeal impart.
Oh, First Love, to her return.


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Lynda Schultz 04/16/09
Wonderfully done, and a great message.
Jan Ackerson 04/20/09
Awesome structure and rhyme scheme, and a beautifully-rendered message, full of hope.
Ruth Ann Moore04/20/09
I loved the word pictures you painted here. It was a pleasure to read and reread. I gleaned more beauty each time.
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/20/09
I was wondering if your beautifully written poem is an analogy for the church?
Laury Hubrich 04/22/09
It is so apparent when you walk into a church that has lost it's first love. So very sad...
Beckie Stewart04/22/09
Wow, this was well written and the descriptions are accurate indeed. Good job.
Yvonne Blake 04/22/09
Wow...great imagery!
Joshua Janoski04/22/09
I too wonder if this poem represents the church. It definitely could represent both the church and a person. Either way, it is beautifully written with a great message.