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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: Better In Than Out
By cheryl schoenberger
09/13/10


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In the beginning all was carefree
He was content with lifeís simple things
Motherís milk, a smile, or endearing hug
Just loved and protected by angelís wings


Sand in lifeís hour glass slowly drops
As a teenís worldly priorities begin
Latest hair, designer clothes, and a car
All a must to be viewed ďas coolĒ and fit in


As grains of sand fall, his twenties roar in
The flesh demands all things new and fun
Flashy cars and the latest hi-tech toys
All used to fuel the desires of the Outer one


He stays ravenous for many years to come
Searching for the instant high to feel great
All to feed the void that only God can fill
While the Inner one stays dormant, and just waits


The soul knows that God will light the fire
Then the focus will shift from out to in
All in His time, it must be done
To connect to Our Father from within


The sand in lifeís hour glass is now half full
Our Lord touches his heart and says ďItís timeĒ
The Outer oneís shell begins to crack and age
As the Inner oneís strength begins to climb


Godís plan becomes the focus for many years
His Word, His House, and His Holy Way
The Inner oneís priorities abound now
His time to shine; his time to pray


Only the final grains of sand remain
As the Outer One fades, till heís no more
Behold, the Inner one is released and set free
Alas, his soulís eternal wings begin to soar


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Lillian Rhoades 09/16/10
The title of your poem reminds me of what my mother used to say in response to
her gastric proclivities.

Seriously, when I read the entire poem, I couldn't help think of all the young people who have yet to focus on the
inner man.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/17/10
This is a beautiful poem about how life changes us. Well done.
Genia Gilbert09/18/10
Great poem! I think a little punctuation would have made the flow smoother, but all in all, a wonderful message in poetry.
Christina Banks 09/21/10
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could teach our children to nurture the inner man while they were still young. So many follow the path of your poem. You gave me something to think about.