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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: Innocent Blood
By Terry R A Eissfeldt


From the ground a cry is heard
Abel’s innocent blood
Raising in the first lament
“How long, O Lord...”

Like a weed the evil spreads
Till every man but one
Does what’s was right in his eyes
Causing God to groan

Noah alone walks with God
Favored in His eyes
He carefully follows every instruction
Every measure, every line

In the Ark mankind is saved
Hope for a better world
But not many generations later
Innocent blood is spilled

Once again a cry is heard
Two evil cities the source
Innocent blood weeps from the plain
“How long, O Lord...”

Full measure of God’s wrath unfurls
In fire, brimstone, and death
For a moment silencing
The cry of innocent blood

But man is man and year by year
The ground is soaked and stained
As evil men subdue the weak
spilling blood again

Women, children, even priests
fall to man’s cruel ways
Till at last the time has come
For The Ancient of Days

Jesus walks the blood stained ground
As innocent as a lamb
Spreading love, forgiveness, and grace
To every woman and man

But evil men, greedy for gain
Hate His loving ways
Soon they plot to kill this rabbi
Spreading peace and grace

With a kiss He is betrayed
by one He taught and loved
Thirty pieces of dirty silver
The price of innocent blood

But what the forces of darkness miss
Is that his blood is pure
And as He gives His life away
God’s measuring cup is filled

Christ’s blood begins a different song
Replacing the lament
No more, “How long, O Lord.” it cries
Instead, “It is finished!”

All God's wrath is satisfied
By Jesus’ death and life
Now innocent blood waits silently
For the full measure of time

A day is coming, quickly now
Where all mankind is judged
Those outside of Christ’s forgiveness
Are guilty of innocent blood

Yet still He calls and beckons man
“Come to Me, weary and lost
Do not cry ‘How long, O Lord?’
Instead embrace the cross”

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Barbara Lynn Culler01/18/13
Powerful word pictures!
Bonnie Bowden 01/18/13
How quickly we forget the spilling of innocent blood. Thought provoking poem.

I think you meant: Does what was right in his eyes, not Does what's was right in his eyes
Allison Egley 01/18/13
Very nice. I loved this.
Linda Goergen01/19/13
Well written. Wonderful visuals of mankind’s heart toward evil, versus Jesus’ sacrificial, saving love. My mind couldn’t help going beyond your poem and thinking mankind has not seen the full measure of God’s wrath as will come in the last days. I am so thankful that innocent blood of Jesus covers and protects me and I pray many more eyes can be opened before that “how long” for His return becomes “now”. Enjoyed reading this very much!
Sarah Elisabeth 01/19/13
"No more, “How long, O Lord.” it cries
Instead, “It is finished!”

Amen! I liked the journey you showed from the beginning of time until now. And eternity. Great poem!
Danielle King 01/19/13
Powerful and relevant poem. Inspired.
Lillian Rhoades 01/19/13
Even with an occasional misstep in a beat or two, the poems's message is on key.

I was wondering if the lack of rhyme in several stanzas was intentional. My knowledge of rhyming patterns in poetry in deficient. :-)

I LOVE, "Christ's blood begins a different song, replacing the lament.
lynn gipson 01/19/13
No need for trepidation my friend. This is beautiful and excellent.!
Joe Moreland01/20/13
An amazing and powerful message you impart here. God's whole story, up to the cross, compressed into just a few lines makes for strong stuff. If you strip away the distractions we add to God's message and boil it down to "It is finished" the sense of urgency on behalf of us all to submit to His will becomes undeniable.

Whether the construction of this poem is up to the snuff of rhyme and meter and/or any other measurables for judging poetry, I have no idea. I do know it delivers a potent message and I was compelled to read every word. Thank you so much for sharing it!
Myrna Noyes01/20/13
Your poem contains a great sweep of history presented in the Bible--from Abel to Christ! The last stanza is powerful and is my favorite!
Bea Edwards 01/21/13
Your poem is a magnificent tribute and testament to grace!
You presented each stanza in a powerful and thought provoking way--leading finally to those wonderful words 'it is finished' well done.
C D Swanson 01/22/13
Epic! Beautifully said and written. God bless~
Sheldon Bass 01/22/13
Very nice. An eternally relevant message which points the reader to Jesus as the solution to man's ultimate dilemma of sin.
Loved it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/23/13
You really have a way of making the words flow off the page and into the reader's heart. This is one of those pieces where it makes me really think and that is always good.