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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Donít Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: Chasing the Sun
By Benjamin Graber
04/24/12


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The rays of sunlight in the evening
Gave energy to fight,
It surged me through the doldrums
And lifted me for flight;

But when my dreams declined
The sun dipped out of sight;
How can I journey onward
Through the coldness of the night?

My dreams have fueled my pilgrimage,
They've kept my passions warm;
But now they've vanished in the west
And left my heart to mourn.

If I would seek what I desire
I'd turn back toward the west,
To chase the sunlight I have lost,
And sacrifice my quest;

But in spite of all the pain I feel
I know I must go on;
I'm called to travel through the night
And fly without the sun.

Determination is rewarded,
My heart will have its feast;
New dreams far greater than all I lost
Will rise up in the east.


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Amanda Brogan04/26/12
This was marvelous! And so very true. Sometimes we have to keep pressing on even when our dreams are hard to see, even when all we can see is night. It is in those moments that we can do nothing but rely on the Son to take us to the places that we can't see.

Perfect for the topic!
Catherine Maher04/27/12
Ah yes! New dreams will be greater than all we lost. Beautifully written and to the point. Easy rhythm and flow. Loved it.
marcella franseen 04/27/12
I absolutely love this! It really spoke to my heart! Absolutely beautiful! I could use a copy.:)
Francy Judge04/28/12
A beautiful, encouraging, inspired poem. I especially loved your last stanza.
CD Swanson 04/28/12
Well written poem and hauntingly beautiful in its meaning and purpose. I loved it. God Bless~
Colleen Fischinger 04/28/12
Holy Spirit flow... It's all about Jesus. Much blessed by your work... Colleen<><
Helen Curtis04/29/12
Inspired writing from the heart.

If this is based on your own journey, let me encourage you by saying you are most definitely not alone; our paths may not be the same, but I know there are so many of us doing exactly what you have described. And it hurts so much to let go of the past, to grieve for dreams that have faded.

Bless you and thank you for such a beautiful poem.
Margaret Kearley 05/01/12
A brilliant poem that resounds with truth from the dark and hard days. I love the lines 'I'm called to travel through the night
And fly without the sun.' - but, praise God, never 'without the Son.' Thankyou for this beautiful poem.

Charla Diehl 05/02/12
Spirit-filled message in every verse of this powerful entry. Rhyme and meter flowed effortlessly and I enjoyed the read.