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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: A Sacred Drop
By Ann Grover


A granite face, a brow of stone.
An edifice hewn by hands, my own.

A monument of outward might
A bulwark bold and strong by sight.

Solid, firm, forbidding form,
My shelter sought in raging storm.

A self-defense from all lifeís schemes,
Concreted vault to save my dreams

From boasted strength to each willed breath,
A framed facade, but boding death.

Impressions fail when gales are born,
When handholds slip and hopes are torn.

Shards of lightning scorch and sear,
Breach the flinted front with fear.

Pealing thunder, marrow pounds,
Quaking thoughts, distrust resounds.

Wrathful winds heave lashing rain.
Against the ramparts built in vain.

A wandering streamlet threads a trail
To hidden rifts that rive and fail.

Fine fissures that avail, embrace
Rivulets that descend and trace.

Heavenís mist conforms and flows,
Into the heart of stone, its woes.

The hurts and wounds, the smallest flaw,
Of blighted touch and slights that gnaw.

A sacred drop, anointing dew,
A promise to remake, renew.

Descending deeper to the core,
To bitterness, with arctic hoar.

In the crevice, icy, chilled,
The essence freezes, the hollow filled.

Expands, increases, magnifies,
Cleaving with its gentle pries.

The slivered marble falls away
Sundering true from handmade clay.

Might, resolve, cemented guard,
Reduced to rubble, fallen hard.

Revealing now a diamond pure,
Eternityís power to endure.

Godís violent love, His gentle win,
The mystery of the Rock within.

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Edy T Johnson 04/27/06
This is just plain dynamite (the message in the poem, as I see it)! I shall have to read it more than once, however, to relish every word, phrase, profound thought.
Maxx .04/28/06
Very nice, touching, and true. I really liked this. I think there could have been more complex or precise word choices in a few places ... and I had to double check the rhythm a bit here or there. But over all, bamo! Direct hit. Very nice!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/28/06
"God's violent love" in the last verse threw me off a bit; it's beautiful poetry, but on first read I didn't get the point. It's not the fault of the poet - it's the simplistic mind of the Reader.
Debbie OConnor04/28/06
Excellent! Wow. I love this poem from beginning to end. What a picture of God's work to find the diamond buried beneath the stone barriers we erect around our hearts. BRAVO!
Debbie OConnor04/28/06
I have to add that I love the line, "God's violent love, His gentle win," very accurate!
Purity Snowe04/29/06
This is so excellent. I wish I could write like this! Good job. Love it!
Melanie Kerr 04/29/06
It took me a second reading the catch the meaning. I thought your word choice was excellent and provoked some very strong images.
Suzanne R04/29/06
Powerful imagery presented in a beautiful form!
Alexandra Wilkin04/30/06
This is very powerful - some strongly crafted wording that still manages to layer the message subtley until that final verse, which really caught my breath. Wonderful. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 05/01/06
I loved this...your word choices were sublime.
Pat Guy 05/01/06
A deep piece that encourages focus and one the reader absorbs. Love the ending!
Jean Elizabeth 05/01/06
Very powerful. Sounded like a drum beat! I get more from it with each read. Good job!
Brandi Roberts05/04/06
Wow, wow, wow, Ann! This is why you're my favourite! This was AWESOME!!! "The mystery of the Rock within"... I LOVED IT!