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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At Witís End (02/13/14)

TITLE: LIVING DEAD IN THREE ACTS
By Terry R A Eissfeldt
02/19/14


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THE BETRAYAL

iím done, done like dinner
done like butter under summer sun
finished
melted
evaporated
like dust Ö so much ash Ö and dust

you didnít come through for me
you didnít come through for my son
you didnít come through because
you are an angry Ö demanding Ö never satisfied
god

i did what was right
i sacrificed
i kept myself pure
i set myself apart for you
i taught my children the same

all I asked was one little thing
i thought you were
the king of kings?
surely you could have come through
if you wanted to
if you were able

such a thin knife-edge iíve walked
i never realized i was keeping score
but i was Ö are you?

because all my sacrifice Ö obedience Ö devotion
for all these live long years
should have added up to enough
for you to come through
just this once

i hate you
yes, actually i do
i hate you

so now Iím done




THE DEATH



itís so still here
so dark
so quiet
iím encased Ö enclosed Ö encircled
such peace
all striving has ceased

when did i figure i had any control?
i never had control
of anything

why did i think anything mattered?
nothing matters
nothing matters but this quiet Ö this rest Ö this calm

breathe, breath deeply
sleep, sleep peacefully
rest, rest your head on my shoulder



hello? whoís there?
am i not alone here at the end of myself?
at the end of my reason?

no my child
Iím here
Iíve always been here



do i know you?
have we met?
i want to know you
if you share this place with me
i want to know you
who are you?

I AM




THE RESURRECTION



The sun is rising.
I feel its warmth on my skin.
Particles of light are Ö infiltrating Ö infusing Ö infecting life
deep into the centre of my being.

Where despair Ö disillusionment Ö and Ö death recently reigned,
tendrils of life, ethereal Ö elegant Ö and Öunearthly,
now eclipse.

Gradually I open my eyes.
Heavenly light penetrates my soul.
There is no darkness now. No distress.
The peace obtained in the deep attends me.

Breathing deeply Ö evenly Ö gratefully, I rise.
Iím alive yet dead.
Iím dead to my opinion Ö to my ideas Ö to my ways Ö
Iím alive to trust Ö to peace Ö to rest Ö in Him.

He is good.
Always good.
Only good.

Trying to earn His favour is futile.
Chasing the wind.
Exhausting.
Undoing.
Running till there is no more.
To the end of reason itself.

It wasnít my circumstance that needed to change.
It was my opinion of what I deserved based on how I lived.
It was my idea that I had a right to demand of God.
It was my way of justifying my demands.

But no more.
Never again.
Under no circumstance will I worship that false god.

In the quiet I hear His voice.
In the stillness I see His face.
In death I am raised in Him.
I know my God.

Therefore Iím done.
Past the end of myself.
Past the end of my reason.

Thanks be to God!
Now I am fully alive in Him.




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Francy Judge02/21/14
Love this transformation of a soul...beautifully written.
CD (Camille) Swanson 02/25/14
Lovely and powerful.

God bless~
CD (Camille) Swanson 02/27/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Danielle King 02/27/14
Powerful stuff and great for the topic. Congratulations on you win.
Linda Goergen02/27/14
Wow this was so visual and powerful Terry! Congratulations on your well deserved win!
Noel Mitaxa 02/27/14
Your economy of language is a springboard for so many thoughts. Very skilful and thought-provoking work which well-deserves its ranking. Well done.
Leola Ogle 02/27/14
Congrats, Terry. Great job. God bless!
Bea Edwards 02/27/14
Your lines:
'Therefore Iím done.
Past the end of myself.
Past the end of my reason.'are a profound reminder that it is the perfect 'ending!'