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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: Writing my obituary
By Raymond Dickerson
11/21/12


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Time is on my side is what the
sages like to say, although Im
not sure they are right, nor do I
think that its okay to squander
every moment given, theyre a
gift to give away, unless I
use them for myself, then they just
die and then they fade. you see Im

writing my obituary,
writing word for word, with every
step that I am taking, every
twist and every turn. I am the
chisel that will hammer every
letter on my tombstone, and the
pen that is behind the words on
lips I've come to know. the words of

those I said I loved, the ones who
lived to tell the tale, the ones wholl
sigh and then decide if I have
passed, or if I failed to honor
Jesus with my actions, honor
Jesus with my words, or did I
simply speak His name to have my
legacy preserved? did I

use the time God gave me to
address the needs of others, or keep
seconds for myself, instead of
giving to my brothers? was I
conscious of the need or simply
dishing out lip-service, saying
I believed in Jesus and then
standing back, observing, all the

pain within the world, being
more the cause than cure, am I
writing lines worth reading, or
better left obscured? am I
penning words of praise to God
through action, thought and deed
or am I in this for myself? am I
doing this for me? you see Im

writing my obituary,
choosing every word, deciding
who to glorify and whos the
one who will be heard, I pray that
three words on my tombstone will
describe the man I was, and only
I get to decide if those three words are
HE LOVED GOD.


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Noel Mitaxa 11/22/12
Very thought-provoking material, with an interesting layout. You've made a 'grave' topic very interesting.
Christina Banks 11/23/12
I really liked this. At first the layout threw me, but as I read, it drew me in and I ceased to notice the way the words were on the page. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/26/12
Wow this is incredible. You grabbed me with the title and then I hung onto every word after that. It is really thought-provoking and made me stop and not only ponder my actions but the reasons behind those actions. I think every writer can admit to times when they want praise for their work or dream of being published and having the world know who penned the stories. However, the glory belongs to God and even though He understands our need and desire to be remembered, the work should be done for His glory. This is positively a stunning bit of poetry. I think this week in particular there has been a lot of poems but this piece truly stands out among them.
CD (Camille) Swanson 11/27/12
This was a jarring and intense piece of work. Nicely done, and pulled me in from the first line to the very last. Epic!
Thanks. God Bless~
Hiram Claudio11/28/12
This was intense and, as has been said, your title grabs the reader right from the start. The meter and style of the poetry allow the depth of meaning to come through this very sobering piece. Very well done!