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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)

TITLE: Question Asked Answer Given
By Melanie Kerr
01/11/12


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Calloused palms
Skin thick and tough
Grasps the plough
With wood smooth
Weather worn handles
Oxen swing and sway
In front of me
Soil torn and turned
Behind
My gaze fixed
On a distant horizon

Heavy cloak
Horse hair and holy
Fragrant with mountain air
And singed by fire
Falls on my shoulders
Duty and obligation
Woven into warp
Passion and purpose
Interlaced with every strand
The whisper of
A still small voice
Lingers

Question asked
Answer sought

I chase the prophet
He doubts
That I can move forward
Without looking back
He thinks
The love of family glows brighter
Than other loves
And tells me to go back

Calloused palms
Skin thick and tough
Grasps the knife
With wood smooth
Weather worn handle
Oxen swing and sway
As blood spills
A crimson tide
Flesh torn
Plough smashed and splintered
Ignited
Fire licks and flames rise
Oxen roasted
A last supper
Solemnly shared

Question asked
Answer given

The prophet
Strides before me
I follow
A different plough
To wield
A different soil
To turn
My gaze fixed
On a different horizon

I donít look back


(Inspired by 1 Kings 19:19-21)


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CD Swanson 01/12/12
Beautiful job with this. I really enjoyed this vivid account based on Elisha following Elijah, which was commitment unparalleled.
I enjoyed it, good job.
God Bless~
Linda Goergen01/13/12
Enjoyable poem showing the prophetís commitment.
Joanna Stricker01/15/12
A story, told from another perspective, can live again. Thank you for telling the story again. Reminded me of the strength of commitment, especially when given freely, and how our commitment to God is our choice--and yet only made possible because of His love, first, to us.
Nancy Bucca 01/17/12
Quite a creative weave on Elisha's commitment.