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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)

TITLE: The snakeskin that I wore
By Raymond Dickerson
12/05/12


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Upon these broken steps I tread,
these steps I've come to know.
For they’re the ones that lead me back
to a man from long ago.
the man that left me weary;
broken, bruised, betrayed.
the man I sometimes marvel at;
the man so now decayed.

the snakeskin that I wore before,
wrinkled, worn and withered
to think it used to be my home,
before I was delivered.
oh death, oh death, you've lost your sting
you have no hold on me.
yet I still sometimes look behind;
what do I hope to see?

something from my shattered past that
answers today’s questions?
clues on how to navigate
from a past with no direction?
can I learn sweet lessons from
a past so laced with poison?
find a balm to cleanse mistakes
or something I can count on?

what’s done is done, yet now undone
by blood that isn't mine;
a price now paid, a sentence stayed,
by One who did no crime.
if I retrace those crimson steps
drive nails back in His hand,
Then I’m the one who killed Him;
I belong on the witness stand.

who am I to say that I
do not deserve His ransom?
who am I to undue “why?”,
replace it with cold granite?
the stone was rolled over the steps
the same steps I've been taking.
forgiveness for the steps I take
an eternity in the making.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 12/06/12
A altogether touching poem with a resounding message.
Nicely done. God bless~
Joanne Sher 12/11/12
Very powerful imagery here, and a wonderful cadence. Of course, an incredible message as well. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/12/12
This is a powerful piece. I believe it probably would speak to me in a slightly different way each time I read it. That takes a lot of talent and you make it look easy.