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

TITLE: No Returns
By Lillian Rhoades


No Returns

I know what it means to have impatient dreams
To scatter them like seeds in a field called Hope
That yield little harvest.

Iíve climbed the ladder of Success
And gripped determination as I made my way up
Never letting go
Until I discovered that Success is not always measured
By how high you climb.

Iíve had the hot iron of Disappointment
Brand my expectations and make them his own.
Iíve come to Crossroads
Where there was no sign to point the way.

Iíve stopped by a place called Help
Entered and found it empty.
Iíve climbed the mountain
That led to Earthly Things
Then settled in the Valley of Things That Mattered Most.

Iíve lived for a while with Motherhood
Then moved on
To spend time in my empty nest with Solitude
Iíve stopped many times where Grief resides
But spent most of my time where Belief abides.

Iíve paid a visit to Friendshipís house
And found that entrance was by invitation only.
Iíve taken rough roads and stopped to drink
At the Fountain of Knowledge and Wisdomís Well
That satisfied my thirst in dry places.

Now the road curves Homeward
And I have no desire to return to places and things I left behind
For where Iím going is far better than where Iíve been.

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Francy Judge 04/26/12
I enjoyed this creative poem -- reminded me of Pilgrim's Progress. Your last verses summed it up perfectly. Great job.
Donna Wilcher04/26/12
What a wonderful description of life's journey in a world that's not so friendly.

The ending was perfect. Homeward bound...Loved it!

Great job!
Margaret Kearley 04/27/12
What wonderful descriptions of a life's journey, lessons learned, maturity gained, and longing for Eternity with Christ increased. WOnderful. Thankyou.
Ada Nett04/27/12
You have summed up earthly life in a few wisely written lines and left us looking/longing toward eternity.
Catherine Maher04/27/12
Very heart warming, I feel the same way. As we age gracefully, we gain the kind of appreciation your poem describes. So easy to read and take in. Thank you.
Camille (C D) Swanson 04/28/12
What a beautiful reflection of life. I loved your descriptions...you are a fantastic poet. You've managed to put together a moving and memorable poem. It touched my heart. Thank you. Simply beautiful!

God Bless~
Theresa Santy 05/01/12
Beautiful! I felt like I was on this journey with you, in an auto perhaps, looking out the window as you showed me where you've been.

Your metaphores were stunning. My favorites were the hot iron of disappointment branding expectations, and the mountain leading to earthly things and the valley of things that matter most.

Amanda Brogan05/01/12
I can definitely relate to the first four stanzas! Hope, dreams, disappointment ... learning the true meaning of success. And I love the ending where you say "where I'm going is better than where I've been."

A great reminder to keep heading forward in our walk with Christ, down whatever road He chooses to lead us. Perfectly on topic!

I think you're in the right place in this level. :)
lynn gipson 05/02/12
I loved this so much. I felt myself in this wonderful poem, especially the part about going homeward. Wonderful and so true.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/03/12
This is so lovely. I could empathize with you as I walked down that road.