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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)

TITLE: Regeneration’s Repose
By Marlene Bonney
01/07/14


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Daylight now is ending,
The sun is sinking fast;
Labor starts descending
As fleeting hours go past.

Birds have ceased their tweeting,
The sky no longer blue;
Neighbors have their doors closed;
Another day is through.

Western sun is setting,
Horizon says good-bye;
Stars begin to twinkle
Against black velvet sky.

Darkness ‘round us gathers,
The moon comes out to play
Tag with Little Dipper,
As constellations splay.

Dogs have quit their barking
As crickets take their place;
Interrupting silence,
They chirp through grassy space.

Drapes drawn over windows,
Disguising all within;
Lamps replaced by night-lights
As eyes adjust to dim.

Children snuggle deeply
In covers soft and warm,
Drifting off to Dreamland,
Where sleep abides ‘til morn.

Televisions turned off,
Computers put on hold;
Telephones stop ringing,
And cell-phone texts grow cold.

Quiet soon envelopes
And silence reigns supreme;
Voices turn to whispers,
Anticipating dreams.

Slumber calls the weary
To rest their tired bones,
Beckoning stressed bodies
To claim their beds as home.

Inventories taken
Of hours gone before;
Did we help a brother,
Or did we him ignore?

Did we run with honor
The race for victors’ crowns?
Did we please our Father,
Or did we let Him down?

Praying for forgiveness,
We seek the Savior’s face;
Asking for His favor,
Accepting His pure grace.

Busy hands stop serving,
While furrowed brows un-crease;
Cares and troubles pending,
To Him, are now released.

Ticking clocks seem louder
Than daytime counterparts;
Filling empty silence
To match our beating hearts.

Sometimes sleep comes quickly
And stills our fleeting thoughts;
Other times we’re restless
And counted sheep are sought.

Angel wings seem closer
As minds wind down to sleep;
God—ever-present—guards
Us, while our souls He keeps.


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Ellen Carr 01/09/14
This is a lovely poem of the slowing down at the end of the day. I like the way you tell of the sounds that can be heard and the ones that stop being heard. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 01/10/14
I’d love to have your input into the free writing lessons available on the FaithWriters forums. This week’s lesson is on writing devotionals, and next week will cover writing on topic for the weekly challenge. Look for it at http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67, or if you’re on Facebook, you can “like” Faithwriters Writing Lessons.
Danielle King 01/11/14
I love all the little details you use to count down to the day's end. This lovely poem flows beautifully and is a delight to read.
CD (Camille) Swanson 01/11/14
Beautiful!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/11/14
I enjoyed this. Although there have been many stunning poems on sunsets this week, I liked how you brought in the part about reflecting on your day. For me it's easy to get overwhelmed and to forget to ask God to forgive me and guide me in the new day. You did a fine job with covering the topic while speaking to the heart.
Carolyn Ancell01/14/14
You beautifully slow down the reader as you describe the slow down of the day. Thank you.
Linda Goergen01/15/14
Beautifully detailed poem of day winding down and night thoughts embracing! Visual so vivid it is like you are there! Love the ending, it leaves you with such a peaceful feel, with visions of God and His angels watching over us as we sleep. Great job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/16/14
Congratulations on ranking 26th overall!