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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)

TITLE: A Song of the Musician
By Colin Swann


I listen to your melodies twisting and rippling along this mountain stream.
May I join you your Majesty?
May I play my harp - and sing my tune - to the throb of your heart?
May I sing of the favoured care receive from you - my Loved One?
Who saved me from the lion's jaws.
Who rescued me from the bear's claws.
It pleases me - to melody with you - my Loved One!

A giant's might lost to the fight against you my Loved One!
The brook's smooth stones honed through the ages,
Were marked by you allotted in your mind for my hands.
You were my strength and force on that day of my smallness;
You were the victory my people needed;
Yours is the praise for that day - the only worthy praise!
I will sing a love song of your deliverance forever.

You saved me from the deception of both friends and foes -
Their swords and spears were lashing tongues that slashed my soul -
But you were my Victor that shielded my open heart.
You lifted me up higher than the highest;
You were my stay when I strayed from you;
You saved me from the lion's mouth and the den of thieves.
I will love you forever my Loved One!

I now will play my harp - with oaks' gnarled hands - a faltering tune,
To you whose grace I trace to steps and thoughts unknown;
I swallow my smallness that kept me lashed to you,
And thank you for imprisoning me within your love,
And bringing me to this age-long place of security.
I can now rest in peace with you my Loved One,
And cease my strivings from these times.

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Leola Ogle 09/15/11
Beautifully written! David, one of my favorites in the O.T. Thanks for this wonderful prose. God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/16/11
This is so lovely. It was very clever to put in so many stories of the Bible. I'll admit poetry is often over my head but I had a hard time seeing the topic in this lovely praise piece. I could hear it set to music and reminds me of the Psalms.
C D Swanson 09/17/11
Nicely done! God Bless~
Patricia Turner09/17/11
This is beautiful, lyrical, and words well chosen. A gentle and well told song of David. Well done.
Linda Goergen09/17/11
This could have indeed been a love and praise song from David to God! Beautifully written!! I like how you show within the lines, circumstances where David rushed in to attempt things that those seen as wiser and more experienced than him would not dare to attempt! I really enjoyed this lovely read!
Allison Egley 09/17/11
Oh, this is very good. Sounds like a modern day Psalm, as others have mentioned.
Patricia Protzman09/18/11
I enjoyed your lovely "psalm." I felt as though I was reading the Bible. I,too, have a difficult time associating the piece with the topic but it is a well-written song of praise.
Karen Pourbabaee 09/18/11
I see the topic in this piece quite clearly...David's life epitomized it as he repeatedly found himself in dangerous places and situations (lions, bears, giant etc)that any wise person would not choose. Aside from that it is a lovely song of praise to the Lord showing thanksgiving for His divine protection through it all.
Noel Mitaxa 09/19/11
So many psalms and vignettes from David's life echo through this piece of evocative reflection. Beautifully done.
Glynis Becker09/20/11
Absolutely lovely! The word choices and the cadence are just beautiful.
Cori Mann09/21/11
This is a truly beautiful piece. I enjoyed reading every word!
Keep writing
God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/22/11
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level 3.