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

TITLE: The Depth of Hurt, the Height of Forgiveness
By Wilma Schlegel
01/17/13


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I wonder if you measured them first.
Those words you spoke.
I wonder if you knew how much they’d hurt.
Yet still you spoke them.

And the tongue is a flame of fire

I wonder if you believed they were true.
Why? How could you
believe such loathsome things
about me?

It is a whole world of wickedness

I wonder if this is what you wanted.
I felt my heart ripped from my body,
set on fire and laughed at.
My life is not the same.

Corrupting your entire body

No one stood with me.
They heard your words,
They looked at me in disgust.
My defenses were burned as rubble.

It can set your whole life on fire

And what of you?
Are you as well as you seem?
I want you to hurt like I do,
I cannot forget.

For it is set on fire by hell itself.

But maybe you didn’t measure them,
I hope that maybe you hadn’t thought about
them at all.
I wonder if we could find other words.

Forgive us our sins

I wonder if we could choose them
carefully, in sincerity and truth,
for encouragement
because He calls us to.

As we forgive those who sin against us.


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Beth LaBuff 01/21/13
The heart-wrenching pain is tangible in the opening of this poem. I love that your message of forgiveness triumphs in the end. Beautiful, poignant, and touching work!
CD Swanson 01/22/13
The pain and anguish clearly defined, and the ending...hopeful and inspirng.

God bless~
Terry R A Eissfeldt 01/23/13
Wonderful! I see it on stage. Powerful message.