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

TITLE: Embrace the Blackness
By Linda Payne
10/20/09


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Surrounded by blackness
a void, empty and
drained of energy
lifeless like a soggy
piece of paper
tattered and disintegrating

Embrace the blackness for
out of the darkness
the void
the nothingness
God created the world;
within a soulís deepest darkness
God creates new life
new energy
creative possibilities.

Engulfed by the blackness
of a turbulent storm
chaotic
out-of-control
a violent whirlpool
threatening to overwhelm
suck in and drown

Embrace the blackness for
out of the darkness
the chaos
the storm
God brought order;
into a soulís deepest darkness
God restores order
brings peace and harmony
to an out-of-control life.

Lost in the blackness
of a silent, oppressive cave
blinded by fear
isolated by doubt
overcome by sorrow
alone, bereft

Embrace the blackness for
God gave sight
to the blind
hope and freedom
to those living in
doubt and fear
comfort to those
who mourn;
into a soulís deepest darkness
God restores vision
brings hope
turns mourning into dancing.

Enslaved in the blackness
of a windowless cell
sins binding like shackles
anger and bitterness gnawing
away like rats in a dungeon

Embrace the blackness for
on the blackest of nights
on a dark cross
God offered forgiveness
and redemption;
within a soulís deepest darkness
God unlocks the shackles of sin
offers love and forgiveness
sets the imprisoned soul free.

Embrace the blackness for
into the dark unknown
the void and chaos
God shown his light and
the darkness can never
extinguish that light.


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Charla Diehl 10/22/09
The repetition of your title in this poem adds the punch to each point your crafted words are making. Great job.
Loren T. Lowery10/23/09
As I read this, I felt as if I were spiraling down a dark, black hole. I was hoping for light at the end of the tunnel and you did not disappoint. Nice job of showing the cloistering emotions of blackness; and ultimately how to overcome it and not be afraid.
Myrna Noyes10/26/09
I had wanted to do a positive piece on darkness, but I couldn't come up with an idea! I'm glad you did! I was encouraged by the hope in your wonderful writing and would like (with your permission) to share it with a family member who is going through a black time right now. Thank you!
Jan Ackerson 10/28/09
The title and repeated phrase "embrace the blackness" were extremely effective and creative.