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

TITLE: Destiny's Cloak
By Linda Germain
05/30/06


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Purposefulness is my cloak - reversible

One side a weave of moral fiberís light
The other dark and in disguise,
Each fastened with the hook I choose

Charging into battle thinking
Right is on my side,
Hiding in capeís blacker folds
Bent on Sin - yet confident

Tripping through mind fields
So sure I know the way,
Adamant with reason
But spirit-less and limping,

Or, heeding Godís own voice
In that Holy way he has of
Showing us a plan -only
In those baby steps ascending
Stairs of Faith

Wrapped securely
In the good cloak
Marching through, obedient
Making inroads Ė Oh so blessed
But being human

I get distracted and distressed,
Eyes averted from my Lord I fall and roll,
Reversing to cloakís dirty side, then striding on
Into a mess, ignoring all storm warnings

Conscious but confused and
Willful by design, the hooded
Cape convinces me Iím covered
Safe and on the path I need

Alone and lost, but blind,
Oblivious I skip and sing and carry
Useless baskets filled with lies
To fling at Truth, hoping for reprieve

But, most naturally, the way is full of traps
I never try to see.
I plummet to the depths, unwell,
Then reach up, yet again,
From relapse to that place of boundless Grace

And shake my double-sided cover, *dancing
As I swirl it round me hugging peaceful joy
Determined in Loveís mission
I push on stronger, praying

That my cloak, like shoes on His bewildered Chosen,
Will not rot, or flip
And make me slip and slide
Down wrong way, dead-end streets, obstinate.

Rather, let me keep on running
Eyes upon the goal
Empowered by strong WILL - Godís, not mine, and
Cushioned by the armor of my resolution Mantle

Until His work on earth is doneÖ

Until the fight is fought,
Until Iíve kept the Faith,
And
Until the race is WON.

* * *


ďI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
[2Timothy 4:7]


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Maxx .06/05/06
I love the verse you built on... one of my favorites. I liked the message and you really crafted this well. Goo work.
Jan Ackerson 06/05/06
Oh, how I wish I could write free-verse poetry like this! It just trips along, and such beautiful words and images. Truly wonderful!
Joanne Malley06/06/06
You brilliantly used the cloak to help weave this masterfully done poem. What a talent for free verse you have. Well done. :) Jo
Debra Brand06/06/06
Good imagery and flow to a conclusion. God Bless.
Suzanne R06/07/06
I love the analogy of the reversible cloak! And the way you express yourself is beautiful. Well done!