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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)

TITLE: Broken Link
By vincent lyons
12/22/10


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Somewhere between my heart and pen
There must be a broken link;
I’m never short on words or whim—
It’s midnight and my brain is dim—
Can’t express it like I think.

Perhaps a wire has come away
Or I have maybe blown a fuse;
Tomorrow in the light of day
Might inspiration come my way?
I’ll go to bed, I’ve nought to lose.

I toss and turn the whole night long
As rhyme and verse race through my head,
At first a sonnet, then a song—
In my dreams not a word went wrong—
Morning comes, inspiration’s fled.

I’ll sit and read; it might come back;
Other’s thoughts might help inspire,
Might get my thinking back on track,
Supply the wisdom I now lack,
Fix the fuse or broken wire.

Still nothing happens; lines are dead,
My pen and paper wait around;
‘Till lyrics birth inside my head,
They must wait, they can’t be fed
Until some words of worth are found.

A sudden thought—‘go read the psalms’—
Transformation in a blink;
God’s Spirit with His soothing balm
Renews my mind, restores my calm,
His presence heals the broken link.


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Sarah Heywood12/23/10
The Psalms have always been my "go-to" book when feeling overwhelmed, panicky, or confused. I enjoyed this!
Linda Wright12/24/10
You describe so well trying to get back inspiration that has fled. I love the last stanza. The book of Psalms has brought back my calm on many occasions. Just reading those words bring peace. good job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/27/10
I was patting my foot all theway to the end and saying, "That's exactly how it is with me!" Thanks for expressing "my" thoughts so clearly!
Noel Mitaxa 12/27/10
Thanks for the reminder that the Psalms invite us into God's throne room no matter how we feel or whatever is making no sense at all.
Henry Clemmons12/30/10
Amen. Can't think of much else to say about this masterful entry. You told it like it is. Congrats on EC. Besides the message, great poem, loved the rythm, the lines, the feel, the voice, the ride. Great job inside and out.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/30/10
Congratulations, Vincent, on an EC for your well written poem. I liked it the first time I read it and, even more, the second!
Cheryl Harrison 12/30/10
I enjoyed your poem. Nice flow and great ending. Congrats on your placing.