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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: The Pendulum Swings
By Charla Diehl
02/04/14


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The sunís allowed to slumber while stars dance with sheer delight
Will our conscience bring on rest, or engage a moral fight
Our lives have changing seasons described by varied names
Enveloped in His love, He teaches, guides and trains

When goodness warms our spirits, hearts explode with easy joy
When lightning bolts come striking, whose defense do we employ
Faith hangs in the balance of each weakness and each strength
How far pendulums swing affect our trials and their length

Like bookends holding written pages neatly on a shelf
Between strong hands weíre gently held--God draws us to Himself
Will we feel the gentle tugs and hear soft whispered words
Will we accept each challenge, or think them too absurd

The pendulum of time will someday be exhausted
Will our days be brightly lit or by darkness be accosted
Will we be refreshed by sparkling streams unpolluted
Or know the stinging pain from faith thatís been diluted

This world is bookended between spent and future years
Past centuries lie buried under unrepented tears
Age-old mistakes mankind persists in repeating
As the pendulum swings and time is ever fleeting

Will we be among those singing praises to His glory
Or sitting all alone, regretting end of chapter stories
Hear the final grinding ticks of mortal earthly clocks--
Were we anchored to perdition, or to the solid Rock


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Linda Goergen02/08/14
The past and present of human history, and of our lives, certainly are bookends that hold lots of volumes to learn from. Enjoyed this contemplative poem.
Beth LaBuff 02/11/14
I loved how this pendulum swung, even seeming to pick up speed. Your ending is powerful. Super work.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 02/12/14
Your word pictures are amazing. Well done. I love picturing God's hands as bookends encasing the story of my life. Bless ya!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/13/14
Congratulations on ranking 26 overall! Happy Dance!