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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Thump (05/30/13)

TITLE: Down at the Potter's House
By Bruce Phenix
06/05/13


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I asked the Lord, “Is this vessel spoiled,
this pot over which your hands have toiled?”
“Go down to the potter’s house,” he said.
So I went, and watched the potter tread
the watered clay to a plastic mud
and place some on his bench with a thud.
“Will the potter take such care in vain?”
asked the Lord. “Already, sun and rain
have cleansed the raw clay, and biting frost
has broken it – will their work be lost?”
The lump was shaped on the wheel of stone –
but clay can have a will of its own;
the vessel rose from the whirling disc –
but making something carries a risk.
It lost its shape, and the pot was marred
(the potter thought, ‘Did I press too hard?’).
I groaned; but the potter’s loving hand -
whose love I could scarcely understand -
re-worked the vessel as he desired,
then placed it in the kiln to be fired.
“Turn back,” said the Lord, “and hear my words;
your living clay will not break like sherds.”
As I turned to go, a fresh clay lump
fell on the bench with a hopeful thump.


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CD Swanson 06/09/13
Clever way of delivering an important message while nailing the topic.

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 06/11/13
I like the picture God uses to illustrate His sovereignty in our lives. Great description!
Ellen Carr 06/13/13
I really like your poem and its message, its rhythm and rhyme. Well done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/13/13
Congratulations on ranking 6 in your level and 16 overall. (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)