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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: To be in black
By Keith Wallis
10/16/09


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To be in black on the Lordís day,
a dry and arid place
when the oasis is in sight
but held at a distance
by circumstance and happenstance
twin dictators of mood and heart.
To be in black on the Lordís day,
in a walled room devoid of light,
cringing within shadowed soul
wounds weeping
a hearts cry away from God.
To be in black on the Lordís day
when all the screams of life
deafen in tidal flood
blind in binding fear.
A dumb breath-sucked vacuum
where life is somewhere else
where reality is a God away
and these limbs are useless to move me there.
To be in black on the Lordís day
when the spirit battles to say its yes
to all things good and love-cared
and somehow falls under the weight of effort.
To be in my dark room seeing your light
its single ray stretching to me
inextinguishable
penetrating
loving.
And the heart makes its cry
on the Lordís day.


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Loren T. Lowery10/23/09
In darkness, it seems, it is easier to see the light and its brilliance. I liked the way you presented this.
Jan Ackerson 10/26/09
Wow--I think anyone who'se been in black will relate to this well-done poem.
Allen Stark10/26/09
The following lines were my favorite, as they helped me relate to the feeling of being "in black on the Lord's Day:"cringing within shadowed soul
wounds weeping
a hearts cry away from God."
Nice job.
Mark Bell10/26/09
how often have we skipped church or some other act of fellowship because of some measure of black in our souls? nicely presented.