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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)

TITLE: Promise: Fulfilled
By Stephanie Bullard
04/10/06


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A manger,
Worn and splintered.
Old and ragged, shoddy, battered,
Weather-beaten, sagging, tattered.
Packed with fodder, dust and hay,
No place for a new King to lay
His head, and yet,
With one small Child
This desolate,
Worn and splintered
Manger: filled.

A cross,
Fierce and hostile.
Tall and rough-hewn, goading, taunting,
Ominous, forbidding, haunting.
Golgotha’s own hateful display,
No place for a brave King to lay
Himself, and yet,
With one pure Man
This desolate
Fierce and hostile
Cross: filled.

A tomb.
Dark and bitter.
Dank and dingy, cold, unfeeling,
Shadowy, perturbed, concealing.
Constructed to hide death away,
No place for a dead King to lay
His body, yet
With one risen Lord
This desolate
Dark and bitter
Tomb: empty?

A sinner.
Lost and lonely.
Scared and helpless, trying, failing,
Miserable, unaided, wailing.
A heart of yet unmolded clay,
No place for a pure King to lay
His love, and yet,
With one Savior
This desolate
Lost and lonely
Sinner: filled.

A promise.
Old and unyielding.
True and timeless, perfect, living,
Unpolluted, ageless, giving.
Prophesied from times of old,
Where past and future meet and hold
Forever, and
With one Great God
This ever-planned
Old and unyielding
Promise: fulfilled


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Marilyn Schnepp 04/14/06
Oh! What a beautifully poetic way to fulfill this topic...TO the brim and overflowing!! Just awesome - and so well crafted. Thank you for such a treasure! Touched the very depth of my soul, my heart, and left me breathless. Kudos.
Jan Ackerson 04/14/06
This is gorgeous, and one of the best uses of the topic word that I've seen here. Way to go!
Lynette Carpenter04/14/06
Touched my heart! Very well written! I admire your talent. ~Lynette
Shannon Redmon04/15/06
This should be read in a poetry reading or as a song with a great beat. Really came alive for me-visual and audible! The flow was marvelous and carried through the whole piece. I'm blown away!
Lynda Schultz 04/15/06
I feel as though I am being extremely picky here. I loved the poem - it is truly wonderful work. My question is about the question mark after "Tomb: empty". It seems somehow inappropriate - might be just me, though. Great job.
Linda Germain 04/15/06
Well crafted. Excellent flow. Loved it.
Beth Muehlhausen04/18/06
A manger, cross, tomb, sinner, PROMISE! Loved the promise fulfilled!
Debora Dyess04/18/06
I'm not usually a big fan of poetry (although my daughter is a master at it, as is my best friend--sorry, guys!) but I've got to tell you--this grabbed and held my attention, had me on the edge of the chair with my face close to the monitor in anticipation. Beautiful. THIS is what poetry was meant to feel like! Thank you!
Helen Paynter04/20/06
love this poem. congratulations
Crista Darr04/20/06
Wow, this is great. Congratulations on a well-deserved win. Beautiful and inspired!
Doug Jenkins04/20/06
Congratulations Stephanie! Well done.

Doug