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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Crime and Punishment (not about the book) (07/21/11)

TITLE: no other reason
By Jim McWhinnie
07/22/11


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my life is but scratches upon these prison walls,
in this grey stone purgatory, I spend my time,
the slow and slowing time, this penitential time
burning down my own eternity,
in agonizing futility,
the grit of guilt grinds into my wounds,
the deep regrets of crimes long time gone
but which linger long
in this aging, greying, growing old,
“what have I done?”
“what have I done?”
if by God’s grace I could undo,
I would undo,
what never can be now undone.
yet as I scrawl them, one by one,
I say a prayer,
that my once captured soul might breathe
of distant Eden’s fresh morning air,
to hear the waters of freedom come,
“what have I done? what have I done?”
“O Lord, I pray thee set me free,
let me serve, but let me be,
so I once more might see heaven’s sky,
and feel the seasons passing by,
to walk among the mountain firs,
“O Lord, forgive for I am yours.”
no other reason, for I am yours.”


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Carol Penhorwood 07/28/11
Heart-wrenchingly real!
Jody Day 07/28/11


Beautiful! I just loved...
so I once more might see heaven's sky,
and feel the seasons passing by,
to walk among the mountain firs,
O Lord, forgive for I am yours.
no other reason, for I am yours.
Margaret Kearley 07/29/11
Wonderful writing - heart-rending too. I also love
'I say a prayer,
that my once captured soul might breathe
of distant Eden's fresh morning air,'
CD (Camille) Swanson 07/30/11
Pulls you in immediately - I loved it. Great job, and makes one think about "eternity"and the consequences of our actions. Brilliant! God Bless~
Loren T. Lowery08/01/11
Lovely. It captures perfectly our soul's captivity; our waiting (scratching on prison walls) for that promised time to come - to breathe Eden's air once more.
Noel Mitaxa 08/03/11
Very thought-provoking in its challenge and its invitation, an dinn ts succinctness.
Noel Mitaxa 08/03/11
Let's rewind to "in its succinctness.."
Lillian Rhoades 08/04/11
Another McWhinnie win. It's in the name.:-) Congrats!!