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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Endless (01/09/14)

TITLE: Encountering Life
By Graham Insley
01/15/14


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Evil was a parasite,
Every day another night,
Battles fought of wit and scorn,
Medals of dishonour worn,
Full of thrust and lunge and block,
Needing strength to bear the shock,
Dodge the blow and wear the blunt,
Every turn a demon hunt,
Void of purpose, goal or poise,
Screaming, crying, battle noise,
God not known, a God not heard,
Voiceless, distant with no Word,
Plans all failed, no peace, no dream,
Chances lost -- just yell and scream,
Darkness grows, no candlelight,
Shining forth in endless night.

That was life, my given lot,
Ever since I left my cot,
Baby's bottle gladly clasped,
But a time that quickly passed,
Growing up but not mature,
Shame the cloth I always wore,
One long constant battleground,
Look for love but never found,
Something missing, something lost,
No one told me of the cost,
Sin was never understood,
It just filled my neighbourhood,
In the dark I had not heard,
Of the love that He conferred,
Battle on just push and shove,
Life contained no endless love.

Then it came and changed the game,
When I heard Him call my name,
I was washed in gentle rain,
Took away life's greater pain,
Everything just changed that day,
Endless things just went away,
Something entered, there I stood,
Loved and held and understood,
Endless pain has met the balm,
Endless panic becomes calm,
Endless fear has gone away,
Endless filth met soap today,
Endless doubt now meets an end,
Endless sores are on the mend,
Endless night now endless day,
Endless life has come my way.


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Margaret Kearley 01/17/14
This is absolutely fantastic. What a testimony! Just beautiful.
lynn gipson 01/18/14
Perfect rhyme, perfect meter, perfect flow. Strong message that I can relate to. This should do really well. Thanks for sharing this awesome piece.
Amelia Brown 01/18/14
Endless life...only by the grace of Jesus. A different take on God washing away the sins of man. Well said, I enjoyed your poem.
Linda Goergen01/18/14
A vision of Grace. This reminds me of Psalm 103:17: “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting…” Great job, wonderful read!
LaVonne Wood01/19/14
What a beautiful poem. Rhyming, flow, and meter is excellent as far as I can tell. I am not that great with poetry, but love to read ones like this. The message came out loud and clear. Great entry!

Blessings, LaVonne
Colin Swann01/20/14
A poem crammed full of life's endless happenings and the pain they bring. With help coming from Him who knows the solutions. Thanks or this meaningful poem.
Judith Gayle Smith01/20/14
Wow. I became a glutton while reading this as I gobbled up every line. Wonderful.
Tabiatha Tallent01/20/14
I loved this. Wonderful poetry. I especially enjoyed the last lines beginning with endless.