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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Achievement (03/08/12)

TITLE: Recast
By Cheryl von Drehle
03/15/12


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the pile before me grows
achievement upon achievement
glowing accolades flowing my way
degrees upon degrees
posted for all to see
decrees of sought for praise

jobs turn into career become profession
become awards and plaques and decay
before my eyes as sight gives way
to wrinkles around eyes
questions plaguing the path
to the peak of desire and human praise

the lightning bolt sears the pile
shockingly easy how it ignites
into flames and disappears
remaining in the smoky debris
a glow emitted from the dying embers
of all the praised successes

the glow is a reflection of the Creator
image imprinted upon His creation
the crowning achievement
illuminating my strivings
not so high as I imagined
but low and woefully missing the mark

the Cross that consumes the dross
renders not my achievements meaningless
but exposes them to new light
recast from an idol
into a gift and given back
as a love offering refined by fire


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CD Swanson 03/15/12
Simply beautiful. I truly enjoyed this brilliant entry...and loved the message.

Yes, the Lord is pulling all the impurities out of us... the dross is coming out until we are refined. LOVED IT.

Thank you. God Bless~
Sunny Loomis 03/22/12
How lovely! Very well crafted. Thank you.
CD Swanson 03/22/12
A hearty Congratulations!
God Bless you~
Linda Goergen03/22/12
Congratulations on your well deserved win! Wonderful poem, the worth of worldly achievements before and after being exposed to the light of Jesus...just beautifully told! Applause!
Nancy Bucca 03/22/12
Beautiful writing. Much congratulations on your win.
Donna Wilcher 03/23/12
Beautiful!
Sherrie Coronas03/23/12
It is truly amazing how much you just said in this short, very well written, poem. Congratulations!