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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip Mill (05/08/14)

TITLE: Just a trickle
By Margaret Kearley


The trickle from a hillside nook
Became a gentle, winding brook,
Tranquil with rural charm.
Upon this pleasant country scene
The flowing brook became a stream,
Harmless, controlled and calm.

The winding stream, so innocent,
Increased in hurrying intent
And as it scurried past,
More sparkling rivílets joined its force
United in a rushing course
To make one river vast.

The river rushed on recklessly
Until it poured into the sea
Encompassed by the tide,
And no-one then could trace the brook
That started in a hidden nook
Upon a far hillside.

The trickle of a rumoured word
So softly whispered, keenly heard,
Seemed harmless in intent.
But listeners, who felt inspired,
Considered that the word required
A slight embellishment.

The trickle soon became a brook,
New facts you couldnít overlook
Were added - for it seemed
Important to make all aware
Of truths to be revealed, laid bare:
The brook became a stream.

More coursing rivílets joined the flow
As those with a desire to know
Gave added drops of news.
The river vast could not be stemmed,
And some, now openly condemned,
Did reputation lose.

The gossip-course rushed recklessly
Until it poured into a sea
That restless churned and stirred;
A surging wild that caused distress,
Destruction, chaos, untold mess,
All from one trickling word.

How blest are those, the Saviour said
Who guard the words the speak Ė instead
Of stirring strife, bring peace.
Into a maelstrom of distress
Their gentle answers soothe and bless
With healing loveís increase.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/15/14
This is a truly delightful poem with a wonderful analogy to bring out and important message.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/17/14
You have such an amazing gift. The words just flowed of the page. Comparing gossip to a brook is positively brilliant. It gives the reader an exact picture of how the words grow as they tumble down the slope, turning into something quite different. This is a powerful piece.
Ellen Carr 05/17/14
This is a powerful and graceful poem with a clear message. I like the way you've used the trickle-becomes-a-river as a simile for gossip. It works really well. Great writing!
Graham Insley05/19/14
"And no-one then could trace the brook
That started in a hidden nook
Upon a far hillside."

I loved this choice of imagery. You have painted a wonderful picture of a great message.

C D Swanson 05/19/14
Just really well done. I'm sure this will be one of the top choices for the judges.

Great job.

God bless~
Allison Egley 05/19/14
Oh, I like this. An apt comparison, and one I caught on to immediately, before you even "officially" introduced the topic. Nice job.
Lillian Rhoades 05/22/14
No surprise here. I knew it was a winner when I first read it. :-) Congratulations!!
Lisa Johnson05/22/14
awesome and inspired... this is a very well deserved win for you...
Margaret Kearley 05/22/14
Wow - Thankyou SO much Judges. I wouldnt normally comment here except to thank everyone for their lovely and encouraging comments, but particularly to apologise for the missing 'y' on line 2 of the last verse!! (Should of course be 'they'!!)
C D Swanson 05/22/14
Congrats! God bless~
Joe Moreland05/22/14
I am in complete awe of your ability to create poetry that not only is well structured, but great pacing and meaning. This truly rises to the level of "Art".

Francy Judge 05/22/14
So glad I finally read this beautiful poem. Aside from the lovely imagery, the nice flow and rhythm, and symbolism, this had a great message. Congratulations!
Tracy Nunes 05/22/14
Such a well deserved win. Beautiful! Congratulations Margaret!
Pauline Carruthers 05/22/14
A beautiful beautiful poem. Right on topic and brilliantly written. Congratulations - a very worthy winner.
Ellen Carr 05/22/14
Congratulations, Margaret! This win was certainly well deserved, for your lovely poem.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/23/14
Congratulations on first in EC placing with this gorgeous poem.
Beth LaBuff 05/23/14
Wow! Masterful craftmanship! I wanted to re-read to catch every twist and turn and bask in the amazing force here. I love your gorgeous words and message. Many heartfelt congrats, Margaret. <3
Bea Edwards 05/25/14
A stunning and beautifully written reminder to guard our tongue. Many congratulations!
Bea Edwards 05/25/14
A stunning and beautifully written reminder to guard our tongue. Many congratulations!
Nancy Bucca05/26/14
Absolutely wonderful! I so enjoyed reading this. You totally nailed the topic. Congratulations on a well deserved first place EC!
Leola Ogle 05/28/14
Wonderful, Margaret! Congratulations on 1st place. God bless.