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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)

TITLE: Is God on Holiday?
By Cheryl von Drehle
04/12/12


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Trifling irritations flourish
Into stumbling blocks of faith
For lack of time to nourish
With the sustenance I crave

So silently does starve the soul
The void is ripe for doubt
The partial miss becomes the whole
Forms within what lacks without

As carelessness sprouts into weeds
The trifle fills up space
The needs become untended seeds
‘Til empty yawns into my face

As this becomes the dawning way
I question:
Is God on holiday?

Questions nag, spirits flag
Disturbing dreams, ripping seams
Redouble efforts and turn the page
Search for something to assuage

And there I find
In my rising grief
A hope God’s holiday is brief

Settle, reconsider, seek
Food and wine once rejected
Replenish from the sifted deep
Revisit verses long neglected

Picking through the crumbs of scatter
Gathering fragments into a whole
Recovering the joys that matter
Once again sustains the soul

Search His word
Restore my sight
His easy yoke
His burden light

God is Holiday!


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Sydney Avey04/12/12
Rhythm and imagery are not on holiday in this poem. My favorite: ‘Til empty yawns into my face. I can just see that!
I would read this poem out loud several times. There are opportunities to make the rhythm sing. Nice job. Guess we take more holidays from God that he takes from us!
CD Swanson 04/12/12
Interesting and well done. I particularly liked the last part. Good job.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
Congratulations for ranking 7th in level 4 and 12 overall!