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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Making Ends Meet (01/16/14)

TITLE: Tunnels and Channels
By Margaret Kearley


On and on and on and on -
Morning, noontide, night
Unseen by outward witnesses,
Concealed, well hidden from sight,
They laboured, dug and burrowed,
Commanded by their King,
Sweated, swung and chiselled
With steady, rhythmic swing.
On and on and on and on
The heavy rock gave way
To form a winding tunnel
That circuitously lay.

And as they dug, they listened
They strained with focused ear
To detect another hammering
Drawing closer, closer, near.

Two tunnels of construction
That would soon collide and meet,
A life-giving long channel
Way below the city street.
A hidden source was opening
For the bubbling Gihon Spring
To flow in fresh abundance
And thus, salvation bring.

What joy and great exuberance!
With final swinging blow
Two tunnels met, and opened up
- See, let the water flow!
Blackened, smiling faces
Lay down their axe – t’was done,
Two teams harmoniously had toiled,
The battle fought, was won.
God gave the people victory,
Success was made complete.
He blessed the labour of their hands
Making the two ends meet.

And lives too are a blessing,
A channel of God’s Grace,
To serving people everywhere,
In their appointed place
He gives His words or actions pure
To help, restore and bless
To show His loving-kindness
So that others Him confess.
From ends of earth all saved shall meet
Around His throne, in Him complete.

Good King Hezekiah, fearful that the enemy Assyrians would storm Jerusalem, blocked the spring waters outside the city. He had a tunnel dug, bringing fresh water from the Gihon Spring into the city for His people. 2 Kings 20:20 and 2 Chronicles 32:24. God gave success and the people were saved.
A few months ago we visited Jerusalem and were able to paddle through the narrow 533 metre tunnel, a magnificent engineering feat. The pick-axe marks are clearly visible on the walls, changing direction half way along, where the two construction terms met mid way, It was amazing!!

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Lisa Johnson01/23/14
At first I thought your very well written poem was about a railway tunnel. I had never read this particular Bible story before. Your poem brought it to life.
Virgil Youngblood 01/23/14
I enjoyed the way you presented this in poetic fashion. That tunnel was an amazing accomplishment.
Elizabeth Baize01/23/14
What a creative idea! You made the process come alive through your creative verse and I also like the application-like ending. As I was reading I started wondering if this was Hezekiah's tunnel, and then you confirmed I was on the right track when I got to the part about the springs.
Lillian Rhoades 01/24/14
What a wonderful, creative rendition of the story of Hezekiah's tunnel. The rhythm flowed with words that painted vivid pictures.

I loved the practical application: "And lives too are a blessing, a channel of God's grace..."
Yvonne Blake 01/27/14
Great narrative poem!
It's not a common Bible story, and this tells it so creatively. Well done!
lynn gipson 01/27/14
Unique and original telling of this Bible story. You have a gift for poetry. Very well done.
Larry Whittington01/29/14
A well written, very easy to read story poem.

Our lives should encourage others to live faithfully before God.

Danielle King 01/29/14
Your poetry never ceases to amaze me and this one is no exception! How do you do it? This is a great take on the topic too. I'm glad you gave the explanation at the end because I wouldn't have realised what it was about. And you've actually been there? Amazing!
Nancy Bucca01/29/14
Very creative. I like the way this flows. You can picture the hammers and pickaxes swinging as the men complete their tunnel. Nice work.
C D Swanson 01/29/14
Powerfully intense and so well done!

God bless~
Wendy B McLain 01/29/14
This was a super wonderful poem. I love poetry! —Love to read it —love write it.

Great job!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/30/14
Congratulations on ranking 23 overall!