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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: Across the Pages
By Francy Judge
05/24/12


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The writing on the wall of my mind
Sprouts and swirls like a growing vine,
Safe inside my yard,
But grows tangled until
The words thirst for paper,
Quenched at my fingertips.

At the mercy of the reader,
My words risk baring their soul.
If I am honest,
My heart will spread across the page;
All the joy I carry,
All the pain I conceal,
All the hope I consume
Will scatter across written thoughts
Like seeds tossed in a garden, but . . .

Watch out for sparrow thieves!

I risk rejection;
. . . my story is slush?
I risk offending someone;
. . . friends no more.
I risk confusion;
. . . explanation not included.
But Iím called to love,
Use gifts for His glory,
No matter the challenge.

Lord, let my words
Carry joy to the sorrowful,
Comfort those in pain,
Give hope to the hopeless.

If I risk my reputation,
Reveal mistakes and failures,
My lifeís mold and mildew,
Some might relate
And smile . . .
Laugh at life for a while.

Lord, let your heavenly words
Shower over me,
Mingle with
My imperfect,
Sometimes awkward,
Sometimes twisted words,
Plant a seed of salvation
In readersí hearts.

Then my words,
The Gardenerís tool,
Can change lives,
Or even a life;
One saved life merits the risk
Of tangled words
Escaping the safe place in my yard
To cross the pages.


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Charla Diehl 05/25/12
You captured the risks and consequences that every writer struggles with at times--asking, is it worth it? Love the way you summed up your answer to that very question. Two thumbs up from me.
CD Swanson 05/25/12
I found this so captivatingly beautiful...I loved it. It was magical, and I appreciated the prayer to God asking for help in touching others hearts.

Loved it. Thanks. God bless~
Carol Penhorwood 05/26/12
I especially loved your last two lines. That says it all.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/31/12
Congratulations for placing 9th in level four and 12 overall!