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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Search Results for Truth - 1 Site Found
By Lillian Rhoades


With superior optimization
One search engine towers above all others
It bypasses every site
Where hope yields no fruit
Yet tries to outrank
The search for truth that sets men free.

And sometimes do
But not for long.

With steel will
We change our browser
To maximize the search
To help find the path
That leads to the Narrow Way

Always aware of the task
To serve as site master
To make truth known
To spread the answer to life
That all men seek

Men who ask,

“Is anything absolute, sacred, and true?”
They ponder and wonder
And believe not.
Unable to avoid the deception
Of conflicting ideologies

Who say,

“I would follow Christ
The One who claims to be
The Way, the Truth.
I would seek Him, search for Him
Wherever truth is found.”

“Perhaps among His followers
Faithful, undisguised, transparent, true.”

But, where are His followers?
Invisible among the masses
From whom we cannot identify.
Their wanton ways
Are bold, brash, and unrepentant
Whose waywardness cannot be ignored,
Or deleted at will,
Or filed away in a bin
To recycle again

They are the living,
But spiritually dead to what passes as truth
On life’s screen
Where truth is a many splintered thing.
Dead to the many who search for absolute’s anchor
The solid assurance
Of unequivocal dogma.

Is there none
Who search for truth and find it
Who speak the truth and live it
Stake their claim to righteousness and prove it?
Real, genuine, authentic, guaranteed
Is that their label,
Their username by which they access Truth?

“Yes,” sounds a gentle Voice.

“Then,” cries the seeker,

“Lead me to the place of my deliverance
And show me why your data deserves my attention.
Not with words displayed on fleshly screens
That yield few converts, nor satisfy the searcher

Not with works that confirm the agnostic
And fail to convince the sceptic
But with truth secured in a protected site
That will not fail nor shut down.”

With a click as quick
As an eye’s wink
The seeker is instantly silenced
By words emblazoned on a lighted screen

Other followers have I that are faithful and true
And those who seek,
While not yet achieving
Can always find Me, if they search for Me
With all their hearts.

Saved As….Site for Truth

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C D Swanson 10/21/11
This was so very clever, and I loved the references to God and the bible. I particularly enjoyed this part:
"Can always find Me, if they search for Me
With all their hearts.

Saved As….Site for Truth"

This was an ingenious way of using the topic/ subject- and I loved the "searching for Him with all their hearts"

To sum up - "site for truth."
That brought to my mind - "those that have ears, let them hear, and those who have eyes, let them see"

The "site" for me was a play on words - for "seeing" His truth- and following with our hearts. Loved this!

God Bless you~
Linda Goergen10/21/11
Interesting poem and interesting take on the topic. Lot of food for thought within. I think our heart-soul-mind combine as one and become search engines that are constantly seeking! I too liked the ending lines of this. I enjoyed the read. Blessings.
Colin Swann10/25/11
Wow! There's a lot going on here. Seems on topic.

Lots and lots to think about. A devotional in free verse and that's good.

It seems a little involved to be clear on flow. But very unique and I'm sure is different to the rest in here. Well done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/26/11
Very lovely. The message is wonderful and so true.
Lori Othouse 11/02/11
Love the line - "Where truth is a many splintered thing." Sadly, it is. Very thought-provoking for Christians and non-Christians alike. Loved this!
Sydney Avey11/06/11
Hi Lillian, I love the title. It sets us up for what you are going to say. In fact, it gives it away. Then I get lost in the poem. I think having a clear POV would help. Whose eyes are we looing through? The narrator, the seeker or God? Being clear on that would help I think.
These are things I struggle with too. Clarity, focus and a simple story line. Often I have to throw out 1/2 of my pretty words!!!