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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: While Walking A Windswept Shore
By Charla Diehl
07/15/10


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You whispered something to me
In the rustling Autumn leaves,
What it was, I did not know--
Barren hearts cannot conceive.

Gazing from a hilltop
I should’ve felt Your nudge,
But rusty locks prevent the doors
Of hardened hearts to budge.

All alone I claimed defeat
While I walked a windswept shore,
Thunderous waves and salty tears
Blocked Your voice within the roar.

What happened next I can’t explain
But a shout came from a distance.
I jerked my head and there he was,
Fighting for his own existence.

A child appeared from nowhere
And bobbed helplessly at sea,
His panicked pleas for rescue
Triggered instincts born in me.

I splashed through angry waters
Till I grabbed his sinking hand,
I don’t know how I did it
But I got us both to land.

“Didn’t think that I could swim
Within that fearsome ocean.”
“Maybe you relied on faith.”
I shivered with emotion.

This little boy had wisdom
Well beyond his years,
He had a way of speaking
That evaporated fears.

He took my hand, “Time to go,”
Then said, “I’ll lead the way.”
Something strange was happening--
What it was, I couldn’t say.

Here’s the clincher, listen up,
He disappeared, he was no more.
Literally he just vanished
As we walked that windswept shore.

I did not comprehend at
First the miracle unveiled.
Confused, I thought myself insane
But then God’s plan prevailed.

‘Cause I reached out to another
As my Father beckoned me,
Rusty locks fell from a heart
That had denied His deity.

My deafness has been overcome--
Faithfulness, now my shield.
What is it friend you need to hear,
What is it you must yield?


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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/17/10
Your well written poem took me on an inspiring journey of a barren, defeated heart to faith via divine revelation. An excellent message here.
Beth LaBuff 07/22/10
I love the alliteration in your title. You have vibrant images in this, "angry waters," "fearsome ocean," "windswept shore." Your message goes straight to my heart. Beautiful work, Charla!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/22/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 40 overall.