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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

TITLE: Blindness
By Thomas Kappel
08/08/06


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I am blind.
My head spins with thoughts.
My body is bent with emotions.

Joy, regret, anger, peace,
love, fear, shame, flow through
me like a torrent filled stream.

I fast.

What have I done?
What am I to do?

The vision,
the light,
the voice,
I hear it over and over.

It rings now through my head,
my body, my soul, and
my spirit.

It is I, Jesus,

and my heart stopped,
my breath caught,
my stomach clinched,
and I bend forward
falling to the ground
my destination not far
before me.

What have I done?
What am I to do?

I stay where I have fallen,
where blindness
was made apparent and
a part of me.

Its three days now
of prayer, fasting,
and blindness.


The voice, the words
repeat
over and over to me
in my head, heart, and
spirit.

It is I, Jesus,

I can see though I am blind.
I was blind and now I see.

Three Days and I finally see.
My vision returns and
I see through my total blindness.

He has been sent to me,
The Comforter,
and I am born again.

New.

A new man. A new person.
A new life. A new mission.

And the words of the vision
thunder through me
one last time,

It is I, Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

No more, I shout back,
It is you, The Christ, and I understand.
I know.
Blind Saul is no more."

I Paul,
a servant of
Jesus Christ
called
to be an apostle
separated unto
the gospel of God.


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Barbara Ann Smith08/12/06
I received such a blessing from this poem. Thank you for such a magnificent message. God Bless You.
Barbara Ann Smith08/12/06
I received such a blessing from this poem. Thank you for such a magnificent message. God Bless You.
Jan Ross08/12/06
What an interesting take on the topic! I never stopped to think about Saul/Paul felt during those three days of blindness. Very nice, indeed! :)
Jan Ackerson 08/15/06
Excellent free verse poetry--some day I may learn to do this! I love it.
Beth Muehlhausen08/15/06
This is good...a really deep look into Saul's blind days. I think the free verse format works well - jumpy and without form - when talking about such a frightening, life-changing experience. No smooth moves here!! His thoughts had to be scattered and all over the place. Good job. :-)