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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: God Is...
By Linda Watson Owen


Darkness oozes thick as silence,
never knowing.

Nothingness echoes
in timeless,
hollow halls.

God is Alone.

Emptiness offers no tomorrow,
no today,
in vacuum and in void
no yesterday.

God stands…
God sits…
God treads the vacant whole.
God is.

God is Alone.

One Great Heart Pounds in silent expectation.
One Great Mind moves in rapid inspiration.
One Great Hand rises clutching nothing there
as all Alone God does this Darkness bear.

Then through the Void a Voice!
A Voice in Vibrance of all that is to come
streams from this Great God’s Heart,
streams into every part of empty, vapid space.

God Is
and Is What Comes!
God Is
and calls Life from
the manacles of a dark and empty place
where all dreams, yet to be embraced,
sing in the Voice now Raised.
God Is
that Voice now Raised.

God is The Voice.

Vast chaos shakes its hulking form from silent sleep,
and wakes into a yawning consciousness,
pushing past the mist of timeless haze.

God’s Great Voice Rings,
surging through the dearth of pre-creation,
rushing to explode a spangling nation
into the darkness,
Speaking into Being
multitudes of star lights,
galaxies of song brights.

Alive in Glowing God-Light dance the stars,
in Jubilant Joy of Being!

Then with One Touch
one Grand and Gentle Hand
reaches into a tiny heart,
a waiting part
of Heaven’s Dance,
creating Man.

God is…

man is…

not Alone.

“The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.” Job 33:4 (KJV)

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Kenn Allan06/23/06
This is too cool. I was visualizing the Sistine Chapel the whole time I was reading it. Well done, Michelangelo.
Sherry Wendling06/23/06
Magnificent imagery! The mood of utter wonder swells and carries the reader almost to preconsciousness. Beautiful piece; you left me "Dancing With the Stars!" ;-D
Laurie Glass06/24/06
I like the progression. Also, this poem contains the elements I've been learning are important in free verse. I like that you mixed in some rhymes throughout as well. Great take on the topic besides.
Pat Guy 06/26/06
Wow! Linda! What-a-piece! Awesome and awesome!

You've captured creation in such depth so creatively.

Beautiful talent.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/26/06
Beautiful. An amazing masterpiece painted with words.
Rita Garcia06/26/06
Depth, insight, inspiration! A joy to read!
Phyllis Inniss 06/27/06
Strong images that give an imaginary look at The Creation. One can hear thunder and deep voices as life enfolds. Great job.
Sherry Wendling06/29/06
Congratulations, Linda! The more I read this amazing piece, the further into God's heart it carries me. A remarkable addition to the quarterly!
Helen Paynter06/29/06
Brilliant, perfect piece. COngratulations.
T. F. Chezum06/29/06
Congrats on the well deserved win. This is an excellent work of art, great job.
Jan Ross06/29/06
A well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS! :)
Lori Othouse 06/29/06
Wow! The use of imagery and language in this piece is stunning, breathtaking! So beautiful and much deserving of the win. Congratulations!
Brenda Craig06/30/06
A perfect demonstration of God's need for us. We always think of our need for Him, yet His desire is for us. Thanks for showing us how much He needs us, and how we are meant for each other. Congratulations!
Venice Kichura07/03/06
Wow, but this is simply beautiful, Linda!
Are you the Linda O. from Mississippi ("Evensong" on the message boards?)
A belated, but heartfelt congratulations on both 1st place in Masters & getting a high EC! & I love your web site & poems...truly anointed!

If you're "Evensong", I'd love to meet you (somewhere between Atlanta & Gainesville) when we move to Dahlonega, Ga.
Crista Darr07/03/06
Truly, a masterpiece of poetry.
Karen Treharne07/04/06
This is awesome, Linda. God Is and we are not alone! What a blessed message for all of us. Congratulations on your win and for honoring God with your writing. Love, Karen