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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: I Stayed
By Sally Hanan
08/20/05


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I came to the fountain of grace
carrying all of my pain,
clutching to luggage of sin,
reeking with stench of my shame.

I stepped into waters of love
That broke through this hard figurine.
My sin and my shame washed away-
I knew I was finally clean.

But the pain…the pain, how it shrieked,
it ranted, it twisted and tore
into the heart of my soul;
repeatedly shaking my core.

And I stayed in the fountain of grace.
None other had ever compared
to my Lord-so holy and true;
such joy in His presence was there.

I stayed and He gently reached out;
cradled my heart in his hand,
tenderly took out and placed
the thorns, wedged so deep, in his palm.

My heart is now soft – loosed to love,
protected yet free, as befits
a heart that belongs to the Lord-
one with His hands wrapped around it.


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Phyllis Inniss 08/22/05
Lovely poem. The words and rhythm just flowed beautifully as you stayed in your "Fountain of Grace."
Lynda Lee Schab 08/25/05
There is a profound message woven in this poem. The verse flows nicely - great rhythm. Nice job! Blessings, Lynda
Jan Ackerson 08/25/05
I like the progression of I came...I stepped...I stayed.
Crista Darr08/26/05
I like the progression too. Although having grace and cleansing there is still pain. With the staying came the healing. Beautiful!
Julianne Jones08/27/05
Absolutely beautiful.Thanks for sharing.
Maxx .08/27/05
This is very good. Poetry is soooo hard because it has to be perfect. Like delicate lace. Nice message, nice progression. Very good!
Suzanne R08/28/05
Lovely! And your use of italics for emphasis worked well too. Well done.
Tammy Johnson08/28/05
Very beautiful! I am not very "educated" in the art of poetry - I just know what "feels" good to read - yours was it.