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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)

TITLE: Streets of Gold
By vincent lyons
08/11/13


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The wolf and lamb rest side by side
The leopard with the goat
The lion and calf in peace abide
Each licks the other’s coat.

The cow and bear both eating grass
The calf the cub’s best friend
A little child plays with the asp
Beside the viper’s den

The lioness and ox eat straw
Their enmity reversed
Such wonders holy prophets saw,
The earth no longer cursed.

Where nothing hurts and none destroys
In all His holy hill
The peace of God the earth enjoys—
This Word’s a promise still.

Exotic hopes we entertain,
We know these things will be
The end of curse and death and pain
And every enmity.

Exotic city, streets of gold
A shining jasper gem
Our eyes of faith with joy behold
The New Jerusalem.

Like Abraham in ancient days
This city in his view
Remained unfazed despite delays—
God’s promises are true.

Press on in faith, though enemies
Might mock the hopes you hold
To you like him God guarantees
You’ll walk those streets of gold.


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Linda Goergen08/15/13
Oh, I absolutely loved this! Sometimes I will see a poem and think, “I wish I had written this”…well this is one of those! Lovely, peaceful views that stir hope and longing within! Excellent job!
Linda Berg08/18/13
You described an exotic place I would love to go to. Beautiful glimpse into our heavenly future.
Laura Hawbaker 08/19/13
I liked how you packed so much into each short phrase. The beauty of poetry is being able to express much with few words. I did find myself editing the second to last line just a bit. I wanted to change "To you like him..." to "To you--like him--..." Seems like a pause there helps to make the thought more personal. Very good job!
CD (Camille) Swanson 08/20/13
Beautiful... and the line that spoke to me, "God's promises are true." Amen.

God bless~
Carolyn Ancell08/20/13
Lovely, warm, and wonderful message. A poem that goes straight to the heart.