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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: The Test
By Beth Muehlhausen
05/10/12


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This road,
This road,
This road is long,
This road is steep.
Iím bowed,
This load,
It bends my back,
It makes me crack.
Iím slowed,
This mode,
This road.

But then His Light shines brightly from afar just now,
And rushing water gurgles from a stream.
I long to seek refreshment that awaits me there,
A place for weariness to fade as if a dream.

My feet,
My feet,
My feet slip up,
My feet trip up.
I bleat,
Repeat,
The pain is real,
I cannot heal.
Defeat,
Defeat,
Iím beat.

Perhaps itís not quite time to enter Paradise,
But rather could it come to me on earth?
Could my heart stir with Mercyís gifts of faith and hope,
So it might quicken in the form of a new birth?

Could weary feet then romp with joy on this old road,
If a new pulse drove a sweet dance of praise?
Would I find an echo full of promises,
That all along the Lord of Life foreknew my days?

My heart (my heart),
My heart (my heart),
My heart leaps high!
My heart can fly!
Take heart (take heart),
My heart (my heart),
As Light descends,
My soul to mend!
His heart (His heart),
His heart (His heart),
Imparts!

And so loveís hand compassionately rescues me,
As Godís own Spirit comes to offer rest,
The Lord takes all my self-defeating prophecies
And He restores my soul now rescued from the test.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/10/12
I often don't always "get' poems but this one just grabbed me. I'm so tired from feeling sick all of the time and often wonder if I'll be able to stand one more step or one more heartbeat. You gave me hope. I'm trembling with tears as I write this.
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/11/12
Intense and powerfully executed. This was a deep and profoundly emotional poem. It made me feel the pain and anguish of the writer.

Thank you for this.

God bless~
Margaret Kearley 05/18/12
Oh this is beautiful Beth - what a journey. So recognisable in its deep essence. Thankyou for this. Congratulations on your placing.