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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Game (12/06/12)

TITLE: On the game board
By Ellen Carr
12/13/12


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On the board of Earth we're placed,
as pieces of the game,
with living spirits flesh-encased,
not one of us the same.

A king, a queen or a simple pawn
on our allotted square,
our place decreed before time's dawn,
our start in life, our share.

But do the Player's hands control
and move us all round?
Does our chart of life unroll?
And is our game-plan bound?

Can we choose our squares of life
and move by human will,
seeking our own paradise,
in bid to have our fill?

The Game is set by Master hands.
The Player cedes His say,
so every single piece commands
his choices and his way.

In the game of life, estranged
from Maker and His will,
we're striving for a well-arranged
adventure, to fulfil.

But when the Spirit stirs our game,
to change our mode of play,
nothing will be quite the same.
He blows our plans away.

As pieces animated give
allegiance to the One
who gave to them the power to live
their true game has begun.

He gives us light and leads the way,
gives purpose to our game.
He makes each day a Kingdom day,
aligns us to his aim.

As players on the board of Earth
the game is ours to play,
to strive for every thing we're worth,
or give our Maker sway.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 12/15/12
I enjoyed this well thought out and interesting poem. Nicely done. God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 12/16/12
Simple and clear structure, with a positive challenge to wrap it up. Well done.
Beth LaBuff 12/16/12
This is masterfully crafted in message and execution of poetic meter and form. I wanted to choose a favorite line, but there are so many, I couldn't, so I will just say I love all of this. Wow! Super work!
Loren T. Lowery12/18/12
Profound and thought-provoking. I had Lewis Carrol's "Alice, Through the Looking Glass" in mind as I read. Further I wondered how the author of this poem would handle predestination based on the Creator setting us upon our assigned square? Pesky and as free-willed as we are - it is true it is best to play the game as God designed. Thank goodness the Holy Spirit is always here to prompt our next and every move. Wonderful poem!