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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Great (07/06/06)

TITLE: Unsearchable
By Kenn Allan


Last night while searching for a hint,
When Jesus would arrive,
I flipped my Bible, quite by chance,
To Psalms 145.

“Great is the LORD,” the verse proclaimed,
“And greatly to be praised;
His greatness is unsearchable ...”
I shook my head, amazed.

“Unsearchable?" I spoke aloud,
"Why would this be concealed?
The info on How Great Thou Art,
Should surely be revealed."

Deep in thought, I loosed my grip,
And watched the blur of ink,
As pages flipped from left to right,
To Job 5:9, I think.

Again, the word "unsearchable,"
Leapt boldly from the verse,
Referring to the works of God,
Both countless and diverse.

"Why can’t I search for all these things?"
I prefaced with a moan,
"This is the Information Age,
Where everything is known."

A spark of hope sprang in my soul—
"I'll use the internet!
I'll find the greatness of our LORD,
In record time, I bet."

I grabbed my laptop from the shelf,
And propped it in my lap;
I couldn't wait to start my quest,
And give those keys a tap.

But Google somehow missed the point,
Said Jeeves, "Don't ask again,"
I had no luck with AOL,
And less with MSN.

I scaled the Alta Vista peaks,
And yodeled a "Yahoo!"
But only echoes of my voice,
Returned to fill my queue.

HotBot responded cold and hard,
Excite seemed quite subdued,
LookSmart came off a little dense,
And Lycos, downright rude.

Just then, the keyboard in my lap,
Became too hot to touch;
The search for greatness of our LORD,
Had proved to be too much.

I closed the smoking laptop lid,
And traded for my Book;
The internet had let me down—
Where else was I to look?

With fingers drumming on His Word,
I gazed at cluttered walls,
And realized how great it is,
To walk these hallowed halls.

I heard the stirrings of my wife,
Asleep in peaceful bliss,
How great it is to share her love,
And magic of her kiss.

Our children smiled from gilded frames,
Placed on my desk with care,
How great to watch them grow in faith—
A joy beyond compare!

God's greatness dwells within my life,
Not in technology,
And if I search to find His grace,
I should begin with me.

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Lori Othouse 07/13/06
This is so clever, but carries a powerful message as well. Loved it!!
James Clem 07/13/06
Nice flow and fun to read.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/13/06
This is fun, and so very true. GREAT job!
Tabiatha Tallent07/14/06
Excellent lesson! Loved it.
Melanie Kerr 07/15/06
I loved it! To work incorporate all the different search engines was very creative.
Rita Garcia07/17/06
Wonderful flow, and the message shined through beautifully.
Linda Watson Owen07/17/06
It's always sheer joy to read your delightful and inspiring verse! I think the word is....GREAT!
Edy T Johnson 07/17/06
You words, rhymes and rhythm just dance down the page, and I am squeeling with delight at your wonderful poetic gift! I wish it were as easy as you make it look! Another one for my favorites.
Donna Haug07/17/06
I read with a smile on my face. Loved the light feel and your finding the greatness of God demonstrated in your family and in God's grace to you. Good work.
Lynda Lee Schab 07/18/06
Another great poem from you, Kenn. Creative and clever, as always. I enjoyed very much!
Jan Ackerson 07/18/06
Awesome, as always, with the last two lines a perfect kicker.
Stephen Paynter07/18/06
Tremendous fun. The life and work of Jesus, of course, is a good place to begin the unsearchable (unfinishable?) search. On a different note, I really enjoyed the list of all the search engines, some of which I haven't used in years! It's like being reminded of old friends :-)
Jan Ross07/19/06
Love it! It was fun to read as the rhythm and meter just bounced along! "Great" work! :)
T. F. Chezum07/19/06
Awesome job, as usual. I enjoyed this very much.
Pat Guy 07/20/06
Congratulations Kenn! Wow! Another 'great' one to treasure.
Trina Courtenay07/20/06
Another 'Great' poem!

Congrats on your win!
Edy T Johnson 07/20/06
If this isn't the author I've dubbed my first choice for Poet Laureate of the USA! Am I surprised? Congratulations, Kenn! Keep writing those marvelous poems!
Rita Garcia07/20/06
Congratulations!! Keep praising Him with your awesome writing!!
Birdie Courtright07/20/06
Congrats! Great message and so fun!
Gary Sims07/20/06
Kenn - you said you didn't think this was as strong as you would like - I disagree. This is a powerful piece, not just because it's from Kenn Allen. It stands by itself. You captured the topic extremely well and inspired a sense of God greatness that we can feel as we ready the tightly wound lyrics. Thank you for the experience.
George Parler 07/20/06
This isn't talent, this is gift of grace and it shines in every word.
L.M. Lee07/20/06
congrats! Poetry always amazes me. "Great" job!
Julianne Jones07/21/06
This was definitely 'out-of-the-box'. Congrats on your well-deserved EC win!