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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Deep End (03/06/14)

TITLE: No Ordinary Date
By Nancy Bucca
03/13/14


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Pushed too far,
Driven away,
Steered to the very brink of frail insanity
Their whipping tongues showed her no pity

Whirlwind words,
Twist and twirl
Out of control, always the same pattern it seems,
Numbers magnified, overwhelming

Fierce waves crash,
A vicious cycle,
Where crashing tides meet sinking sand 'mid ebb and flow,
Five times the trouble, going on six

Abandoned feast,
Bare cupboards,
Empty pitchers sail a scathing brine of past regret,
So much water, so little to drink

Thirsty, she
Warily
Swims through schools of rumor mongers, bottom feeders
Scrounging ocean floors for bittersweet

Solo she
Navigates
Past oil spills, jet streams teeming with sharp rocks,
And blinding ripples of blistering heat

On dry land,
Exhausted,
She finally arrives at much-desired well,
With no good to give, no wish to live

All she wants
Is to survive,
To make it through just one more day before she dies
But alas, a strange man blocks her way

Splintered mast,
Plans are dashed,
For right away he asks to drain the last drop from
Her less-than-overflowing cup

"But I have
Nothing left,"
She protests, then gasps. For he says he'll fill her jug.
His request has turned into an offer

New wineskins
Wait, for he
Has stirred her curiosity, because she knows
The well is deep, he has no bucket

Yet his lips
Exude fresh truth,
A depth of understanding she can't fathom
Can this be the Christ, the promised Messiah?

Thirst quenched, she
Dives right in,
Lets down her net and automatically
Takes in quite a catch of shipwrecked men

No evangelism class could teach it better!


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Noel Mitaxa 03/15/14
You've lightly and cleverly danced around the topic before nailing it with a terrific last line. Loved it.
Beth LaBuff 03/18/14
My first reaction is "Wow!" You've done an amazing job with story from John 4. You have amazing words and phrases here. I agree with your evangelism statement. Excellent writing.
Wendy B McLain 03/20/14
Amazing. Congratulations on the EC win.

Powerful. Beautifully written piece.

God bless~

Judy Sauer 03/20/14
Congratulations on Editor's Choice 5th place. Quite an accomplishment.
Judy Sauer 03/20/14
Congratulations on Highly Commended
Bea Edwards 03/23/14
You wrote:
Thirst quenched, she
Dives right in,
Lets down her net and automatically...

Absolutely priceless way to describe evangelism!

Well done faithful servant.
CD Swanson 04/03/14
Congrats!
God bless~