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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: Always IS
By Pat Guy


A call, a whisper,
The window rattles,
Swaying branches motion to come.
I am reluctant.
For the sky is dark,
and rain is pelting the fresh cut grass.

A call, a whisper,
An orchestra of storm,
Drums beating in Holy rhythm.
I am uneasy.
The white cane rocker,
Shifts in the whirling wind.

A call, a whisper,
Clouds bruised with burden,
Healing Light behind its veil.
I am weary.
Gusts snatch my breath,
Mist clings to chilled lips.

A call, a whisper,
Glory streaks the skies,
Startled senses hide their face.
I am desperate.
Thirst stirs a bitter soul,
Fear quakes a troubled heart.

A call, a whisper,
Brown Thrashers silent,
Swaying branches motion to come.
I AM in the midst.
Where the sky is dark,
and rain is pelting the fresh cut grass.

A call, a whisper,
Tears mingle with spray,
Sodden clothing grip my legs.
I AM reaches out.
Eyes speak of safe harbor,
Of ancient promises unwavering.

A call, a whisper,
I falter – He comes,
His hand clasped within mine.
I AM by my side.
Peace soothes a bitter soul,
Peace calms a troubled heart.

A call, a whisper,
Hands rise to receive,
Love’s parting rays of Hope.
I AM – always IS …
In the whisper of His name,
In the call of my heart.


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Suzanne R06/08/06

I love the imagery, the words, the format, the message ... everything!
Crista Darr06/08/06
This is truly magnificent. Vivid, inspired, breathtaking. I love it.
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/09/06
This is an unusual style and works quite lovely. Good job!
Helen Paynter06/09/06
Beautiful poem, and I love the title. Good work.
Marty Wellington 06/10/06
Extraordinary! The parallelism is striking and powerful. An encouragement to all who read it.
Jan Ackerson 06/12/06
Wow! I love the imagery of the storm and the calm, and the repeated "A call, a whisper." Very effective, a lovely, lovely poem.
Laurie Glass 06/12/06
Great images and the repetition is effective. Beautiful message, beautiful poem. Very nice.
dub W06/12/06
This is very good, possibly the best effort of the Master's category.
Linda Watson Owen06/12/06
Absolutely entrancing! Love the contrasts and the drama! The repetition is mesmerizing. You writing is poetry from and to the heart...always IS!
Rita Garcia06/12/06
Sure to be a favorite. Inspirational, well written.
Beth Muehlhausen06/13/06
From the window rattling to the call of my heart....this is exceptional. Well done, as usual, Pat!!! I internalized/experienced every single stanza (rather than simply intellectualizing) and I can't always say that when reading poetry. Good job!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/13/06
This is really very, very good. I enjoyed it very much.
Lynda Lee Schab 06/13/06
Wonderful writing, Pat! Flowed smoothly, with a steady, even rhythm. You've woven a very powerful message in a beautiful poem. Well done!
Jessica Schmit06/13/06
I think this is a winner. Incredible job. Perfect in every regard.
dub W06/13/06
Yup, you nailed it, this is so well done it deserves more notice.
Sherry Wendling06/13/06
Absolutely gorgeous. The imagery of the storm-orchestra expressing your inner desperation is exquisite! It's the little touches that make this poem sing.

One suggestion: It's always more difficult to paint in detail when speaking of encounters with Father. It's the next-to-last stanza where I was hungry for just a hint of your former detail about His robe, what His touch on your hand feels like, perhaps expressing intimate pictures on how He brought the peace, rather than stating in general terms that you felt it.

A marvelously gripping entry, nonetheless!
Amy Nicholson06/14/06
"A call, a whisper.." Use it 30 times and it's yours (remember that phrase?) How many times He calls but we do not hear Him? Thank you for this beautiful peace. Gotta go, He's calling...