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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Foreign Language (12/09/10)

TITLE: Found In Translation
By Rikki Akeo
12/16/10


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A girl not even fifteen years
Substantially afflicted,
Sat along a hillside
With a Bible she'd been gifted.

Emotions were erratic
--No acknowledgement of sinning--
Still, she cracked the leather bond
And scanned In the beginning...

Wasn't long before the words
--Like garble--filled her mind,
As one 'begot' another
She increasingly resigned.

The grassy knoll around her
Disappeared into the night,
Along with it, a hope for peace
Amidst her constant plight.

Weeks would pass until, again
She'd find herself secluded,
Atop that hill that overlooked
The chaos she eluded.

'Til silence had been broken
Via liberating groans,
Heartfelt prayer soon followed
--That His presence be made known.

Gilded pages parted
--As she waited a reply--
Soon, laughter shook her belly
And the tears began to dry.

A Proverb introduction
Was exactly her forte,
Wisdom packed with humor?
Oh, if her teacher's taught this way!

In between some chapters
She would glance the world around,
Drink in of its beauty
That before, could not be found.

Days would pass--just two or three
Until they'd meet again,
This God that she had come to know;
Through Jesus Christ, her friend.



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Sunny Loomis 12/21/10
I like this poem! Very well crafted. Thank you.
Yvonne Blake 12/21/10
Well done! I like the change of tone as she discovered the truth.
Theresa Santy 12/21/10
I enjoyed this poem, and I LOVED your title!
Cheryl Harrison 12/21/10
I enjoyed the rhythm of your poem. Good job.
Henry Clemmons12/21/10
I liked Lost in Translation for some strange reason, BUT I Loved this poem for all the right reasons. It had a good perky consistant rhythm with a likable voice and a great message. I know poets don't like the word cute, but I mean this sincerely as a compliment; it was/is cute and delivers a very intelligent anointed message. Great job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/22/10
You showed well in your poem how the Bible is truly like a foreign language--until you meet the author.
Lollie Hofer 12/22/10
Great title and strong message. I also liked the flow of the poem.