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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Much Ado about Nothing (not about the play) (07/28/11)

TITLE: The Hollow
By Jody Day
08/01/11


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We are empty...

Our hearts beat toward death from the start,
we feel the gaping nothingness at the moment of birth
and cry out.
A good life or bad, we begin to try and fill the breach
with deeds, service and accomplishment,
or the lust of the flesh, eyes, and pride.

But the hole won’t be filled;
the more we put in, the bigger it gets.
Pain, with want, reverberates in the cavern;
A sinkhole where our dreams perish.
We quit and choose death, or press on, living dead.
Nothing is all, and all is nothing,
useless vanity, pointless, fruitless work to death.

The hollow was meant for the One
Who “made himself nothing, taking
The very nature of a servant…’
He fills the aching nothingness with
His blood bought Something!
The hollow becomes a home for Him;
a fruitful womb where dreams are born,
where we want Nothing but to be His dwelling, His love child.

We are full.


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Anita van der Elst08/05/11
Made me think of the message of Ecclesiastes. So thankful for the filling of God.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/06/11
Such truth in verse!
Noel Mitaxa 08/07/11
This calls up St Augustine's statement that there is a God-sized vacuum in our hearts that only Goid can fill.
Beautifully expressed.
Colin Swann08/07/11
A good lesson in not filling our lives with worthless clutter - but filling our lives with Jesus and laying up treasure in heaven!
Amica Joy 08/08/11
I like your contribution. I can picture it. This would make a great piece of "meditation" - even as audio book or visual clip. Got me thinking which pictures I would choose for nothing & emptiness and which ones I would choose for being full with the Lord, being full with His joy. What conditions do I associate with the one and what do I associate with the other? Thanks for posting.
Linda Goergen08/10/11
This poem so vividly images people running to and fro; running themselves ragged seeking fulfillment and happiness, trying to find something of substance for life to make sense, but the searching is in vain unless it is God who fills that void! Trying to fill that hole with anything but God is like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, it will never fit. Really like this poem and its message! Great job!