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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Precious Mud
By Sue Dent


Falling, pounding, driving, stabbing, hitting pavement, ground and sod.
Cleansing, washing, sun-baked hardness now turned into precious mud.

Growing, thriving, pushing striving, pods break through the ground once hard.
Take advantage, purpose-driven, stretching towards the heavens above.

Scorching, baking, shriveled seed sprouts beg for mercy, wilt away.
Waiting, wanting, needing moisture just to see another day.

Thickening, heavy, dark, foreboding storm clouds gather overhead.
Grateful, desperate, hopeful, thankful winds that push the fear away.

Flowing, running, flooding goodness, once again the fields are mud.
Thirsting, drinking, soaking, steaming, taking in and storing up.

Purposefully the rain has fallen bringing and sustaining life.
Coming in a time of need, bring an end to pain and strife.

Crying, begging, hanging, sweating beads of blood run down His face.
Shouting, screaming, please forgive them, take me in their place.

Thick and dark and still foreboding, once again the clouds appear.
Marking, noting, signifying that the end is drawing near.

Looking, searching, toward the heavens, once again His voice rings clear
Calling, asking, telling, begging, knowing that the end is near.

Buried, wilting, dying, suffering, hangs his head and takes a breath.
Wounded, beaten, crucified, there’s nothing left but death.

Flowing, running, seeping from his side, his hands, his brow.
Soaking, staining, sacred raindrops falling heavy on the ground.

Struggling, pushing, hopeful sinners find the precious mud.
Drink, renewed, refreshed, forgiven . . . by the power of the blood.

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david grant06/01/06
thinking,wondering, considering, pondering whether to read this poem again. It has a rythm like dropping, pinging, dripping, falling rain. Yes, I will read it again, and again.
Good read!
Rita Garcia06/01/06
I strongly agree with, David. This deserves reading again and again!
Jan Ackerson 06/04/06
This is absolutely stunning. I wish I was judging this week--I'd give it 5's across the board. What more can I say? Just...perfection.
Maxx .06/04/06
most excellent. I really liked this. You had good word use, great message, captivating meter. A few places I had to re-read a line to get back in rythm but that was probably my stumble, not the writing. You'll do well here.
Sue Dent06/04/06
I missed some commas. But since I knew how it was supposed to go, it was hard for me to remember to put them.
T. F. Chezum06/04/06
Very good. Good rythm, good message ... I enjoyed it very much.
George Parler 06/04/06
Very creative use of word and rhythm. Great message! Very well done.
Sherry Wendling06/05/06
Not only brilliant, but one of the most satisfying reads I've had here.

If the editors don't publish this, "I'll be a blue-nosed gopher!" (to quote Pat Brady from the Roy Rogers show).
Dara Sorensen06/05/06
Absolutely love the rhythm and the message! Amazing!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/06/06
Amazing. Your rythem, word choices, and message were profound. I loved it.
Sherry Wendling06/08/06
Sue, I guess this week I'll have to be that digging rhodent with the funny-looking nose...No matter what, this piece is a BIG WINNER on the 'Sherry Awards' list! Keep on!
Sue Dent06/08/06
Hee Hee, for every blue-nosed gopher there's a very grateful writer.
Shari Armstrong 06/09/06
Wow that was cool! a very unique use of words :)
Outstanding! Such strong and fierce word pictures. My heart pounded quicker with each line. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 04/04/07
I've read this one before, - loved it again. Great rhythm, and the last line makes me gasp.
Sharlyn Guthrie04/04/07
Sue,this is just beautiful in every way! I don't think I've read any poetry you've written before. I'm glad I followed your link!
Rita Garcia04/04/07
Best of the Best!! Master writing! Thanks for the blessing!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/05/07
Wow! This is a truly wonderful poem.