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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: Reincarnation’s Futile Recasting
By Linda Goergen
01/30/13


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Oh, what hell ‘twould be,
to repeat this life,
with hope
of repairing my inner strife,
without memory,
to have to come again,
to repair my previous life’s sin.

What agony, attempting
to pay my life’s debt,
through endless cycles
of failures and regret,
to repeatedly repeat,
my primal pain,
with no perception
of regress or gain,
and maybe
in the process become
animal—or worse,
chained to myself
without ever realizing
my own curse!

And what about Christ,
where would He fit in,
as I attempt to absolve myself,
life after life,
again and again?
What philosophized madness
could conclude,
that time teaches mankind,
sin to elude?

Hellish too,‘twould be
to know,
this life’s misery and woe,
is punishment
for deeds,
wrong planted seeds,
done by my soul
with me unaware,
and deprived of control!
What kind
of abstract reasoning
could declare,
that unfairness
to possibly be fair?

Oh yes, I want to live again,
and evolve
to a better me,
than ever has been,
an impossibility
through
repetitive treks on earth,
possible only
through Jesus' shed blood,
and my spiritual rebirth.
And one day...not by
reincarnation’s futile recasting,
but by resurrection,
will I be free of sin
everlasting!


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CD Swanson 01/31/13
Wow - this was a brilliant piece with a powerful conclusion.
This was beyond clever in approach, and unique in the subject at first. I didn't know where it was going to end, and then the explosive and prolific ending appeared, but then it all came together in a dynamic and unforgettable fashion.

Great job! Thank you.

God bless~
Joe Moreland01/31/13
Well, the commenter before me stole most of my comments (shame on you), but I have to say I really enjoyed reading this. Something about the cadence drew me in and kept me reading. It was kind of off-beat in that wonderfully refreshing way that lets you know you're reading something really unique. I also loved the message. It was clever, for sure, but it was also and extremely well thought out answer to those who wonder if reincarnation makes sense. You brilliantly give us the answer - it just doesn't.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Great job!
Carolyn Ancell02/04/13
The power of this piece lies solidly in its simplicity. Wow.
Loren T. Lowery02/07/13
This is profound and thought provoking. I love works that take you on a journey through one's mind - the cogitation, summation and refining out of truths. Lovely job and so deserving your EC placement. Congratulations!
Noel Mitaxa 02/07/13
Congratulations on your EC for this well-crafted piece.
Margaret Kearley 02/07/13
This is such a deep and clever take on the topic and your title is a great summary of the utter futility of reincarnation. You describe the despair so vividly but then, your last verse is just wonderful and brims with joy of the truth of the Gospel. Great writing. Well done.
CD Swanson 02/08/13
Congratulations Linda on your EC! Loved your story...God bless~
Bea Edwards 02/09/13
You wrote "or even worse chained to myself...." WOW no more profoundness need be articulated. Fantastic diatribe into our condition. Wonderful piece of work!