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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Irritated (11/08/12)

TITLE: Let's make pearls
By Ellen Carr
11/15/12


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A little irritation
uninvited
an intrusion
into my molluscan world,
my self-contained,
happy-life,
being.

A foreign entity,
splinter-like,
has invaded
my oyster window
of opportunity,
tickling,
prickling.

Instinctive reaction,
self-protection,
mantle action,
nacre oozing out,
covering,
disguising
the intruder.

Like a spider webbing
its captured insect,
and layering
its body over,
I wrap it round,
and round again,
enclosing it.

Its point of pain
now dulled, subdued,
is covered
iridescent,
in slow layers
of pearl.

From irritation,
my agitation,
a contribution
to the splendour
of God's world.
A pearl,
of great price.

A fine adornment,
a gleaming jewel
for a royal throat,
in elegance,
catching light,
in pearly sheen
a delight.

My irritation,
my cruel invader,
transformed,
made new.
From infliction
to benediction.
Redemption.

Our irritations,
exasperations,
thorns in flesh
may make us bitter,
be a quitter,
steal our joy,
our minds employ.

Or be change agents,
building mettle
moulding pearls,
from sows' ears,
from vexation
to soul food,
growing grace.

Let's make pearls. .


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/15/12
You did your job with this one. About half way through I could see how I covered the irritants in my body to make them less painful. You opened my eyes with your words.
Margaret Kearley 11/16/12
This is really good. Your word choices are excellent and pack a really strong message in this staccato style. I love the lines
'From infliction
to benediction.
Redemption.'

Noel Mitaxa 11/16/12
There's a grain of truth - as well as irritation - here. I'm so glad you didn't clam up.
Great positive challenge to wrap up; not simply to internalise the lesson, but to look for how we may help others to discover God's grace working for them.
Well done.
Carolyn Ancell11/17/12
Beautiful poem! Word combinations that are playful in the mind, and great fun to read put loud. Consider keeping the clear oyster/pearl imagery right through the last line. Does it feel a little sidetracking to mention sow's ears and soul food at the end? Since the pearl image is so beautifully and powerfully present throughout, might you consider using only pearl imagery in last stanza as well? A delightful piece.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/23/12
Congratulations for placing 3rd in your level and 13th overall!