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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Tie (02/28/13)

TITLE: Bound to be Saved
By Francy Judge
03/07/13


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Invisible twine coiled my wrists,
Coiled my neck as a noose;
I never knew
--No one ever knows--
Tied loose
…at first
Barely grazing the skin
…at first
Fastened at the womb
…at first

Years of maturing
Tightened the cords
That I couldn’t see,
So consumed with Me;
Envy’s thread, woven with pride,
Strengthened the cords.

College life wedged between skyscrapers
Where the sun must wrestle
Its way in, stirred sensual senses;
Temptations tied the twine;
Obsessions secured the knots,
Figure eight loops, wet with dew,
Impossible to untie
By unaided human hands.

I didn’t know

This invisible twine,
What I held onto for life
Lowered me. I rappelled
down
down
Toward the hungry flames,
But was numb to its heat.
The organic scent of seared flesh
Was masked by the sweet perfume
Worldly wisdom wore.

I didn’t know

As in a dream,
Rubies rained down
In an avalanche
And buried me. I didn’t mind
Suffocating
Until my eyes opened,
And I called
Out from a desperate heart.

At the right moment,
The Lord grabbed hold
Of that invisible cord
With His scarred hands
And held fast
As the anchor at the cliff summit.

With the same strength
That raised the dead,
He raised me.

I didn’t know how deep
I had descended;
But He knew;
He knew I would accept
His hand offered.

On safe ground,
He loosened the knots
And slipped off what bound
Me to death.

The invisible cords
Dissolved into songs of praise
And released me.
…at last


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He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 18:16


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
This just brings out all kinds of emotions. It remind me of a vision I had during a near death experience where before me were three umbilical-like cords, red, silver, and gold. Each had a purpose and the gold one connected me to God. Like you intimate in your beautiful poem, that cord is always there--my lifeline to Jesus. Thank you for reminding me of this intense image.
Yvonne Blake 03/12/13
Oh Wow! What imagery! I like the subtle falling and the repeated line "I didn't know." Well written.
Christina Banks 03/14/13
Powerful poem! Congratulations on your EC!
CD Swanson 03/14/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Linda Goergen03/14/13
Congratulations on your EC Frances...so well deserved! This poem is amazing! Powerful, vivid, emotional, a poem that most anyone Jesus has saved can relate to! Great job!
Bea Edwards 03/15/13
Just stunning! Wow I don't have words to describe the impact your poem had on me. Your profound verses speaking to the deep hidden places in me I suppose....
Bea Edwards 03/15/13
I have to add that each time I read it through it has a unique and distinctive effect. Makes me want to go back and read it again!
Charla Diehl 03/20/13
This is definitely one of those pieces that has to be read and re-read to feel the full impact of each chosen word. Well done!