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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Era (02/03/11)

TITLE: Through All The Changing Scenes of Life
By Margaret Kearley
02/10/11


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I stood on a lonely beach one day
And watched, through clouds of foaming spray,
Tumultuous waves beat on the shore,
So fierce, then spent – forevermore.
Their power and fury, strength and height
In just a second, gone from sight.

These same strong waves, when out at sea
Had lifted vessels forcefully,
Had risen and dipped with raging rule,
A killer surf, a sea most cruel.
With brawn and vigour, muscle force
Relentless on its onward course.

But giant breakers out at sea
Are not known for their permanency,
And quickly as they come, they go,
Such is a marine ebb and flow.
A parable lesson here unfolding
Before my eyes in truth beholding:

The rise of nations, empires, fashion,
Dictators showing no compassion,
Viewing their stance from human thought
Unending, great, in their import.
Not knowing that their godless might
Will quickly vanish - gone from sight.

God holds all seas within His hand,
His greatness, power, none can withstand.
As eras come and do not last,
We learn to say ‘It came, to pass,’
And rest in His Eternal Will,
The One who utters ‘Peace Be Still.’


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Linda Wright02/12/11
Beautiful! Wonderful comparison between the rise and fall of the seas and the nations. Well done.
Francy Judge 02/13/11
I like this--your strong comparisons create a great message in this parable.
Kate Oliver Webb02/15/11
Excellently done - and so very timely! It was gripping, evocative, and powerful, as is God's glorious presence in our world today. Thank you!
Rachel Phelps02/16/11
What an excellent analogy. Love your last stanza.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/16/11
This is a beautiful piece. The images were etched in my mind.
Carol Penhorwood 02/16/11
Beautifully descriptive with spiritual truth hidden within!
Beth LaBuff 02/17/11
Wow... amazing work on every level. I love this. Super congrats on your Editor's Choice award!
Michael Throne02/17/11
Beautiful piece. I tend toward poems that don’t rhyme, but this felt unforced – it flowed quite well. I very much like the message. Good job.
Bonnie Bowden02/17/11
Beautiful poem. The concepts of water and nations is brillant.

Congratulations on your win.
Rachel Phelps02/17/11
Glad to see this made the EC list. Well done!
Henry Clemmons02/17/11
Congrats on the EC. I enjoyed it VERY MUCH! For some reason, I like poetry, especially this one.
Beth Muehlhausen02/18/11
Ah....I see others also chose the same adjective I was thinking: "beautiful." This is compelling in style and message, flowing along with a rising effect. Congrats on your 3rd place!
Troy Manning02/20/11
While I don't tend to incline toward poetry w/ heavy rhyme schemes, I do think your thoughtful vocabulary usage made your poem come alive w/o sounding trite. I also appreciated your inclusion of a slant rhyme --"thought/import." Congratulations on your 3rd place!