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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: I Have a Friend
By Purity Snowe
05/29/06


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I have a friend
Wounded from a lifetime of battles.
Pummeled and weary
She weeps at the foot of the cross.
Laying her burdens there
Asking for strength to overcome.
I have a friend
I cry with her,
“Your conflict has meaning,
I learn from your struggles,
You have strength I can’t understand.”
I have a friend,
She counsels me.

I have a friend
Made wise by a lifetime of searching.
Tenderly patient
She weeps at the foot of the cross.
Interceding for me there
Asking for strength to overcome.
I have a friend
I sit with her,
“Your lessons have meaning,
I learn from your teaching,
You have knowledge I can’t understand.”
I have a friend,
She guides me.

I have a friend
With scars torn into his wrists and feet.
Bloodied and beaten
He cried from the joist of a cross.
Bearing uncounted sins there
Asking for strength to overcome.
I have a friend
I pray to him,
“Your sacrifice has meaning,
I don’t think I’m worthy,
You gave a gift I can’t understand.”
I have a friend,
He calls to me.


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Jan Ackerson 06/03/06
I love your effective use of repetition here: the "I have a friend" for your earthly friend, and the same phrase for Jesus. I also like that you have learned from your friend's reactions to struggle. Very well done.
Venice Kichura06/03/06
I agree---very well done.
Edy T Johnson 06/03/06
I noticed the parallels from one friend to the next. Since organization is my forte, I relish this sort of attention to detail! One's "conflict has meaning," the next's "lessons have meaning," and the last's "sacrifice has meaning." Good stuff! Thanks.
Sue Dent06/04/06
Chanting *I guessed it, I guessed it* And loved it. I just wanted to wait to comment until the truth was revealed. Wonderful, masterful job! hmmmm. . . as usual!:)
Brenda Craig06/04/06
Absolutely lovely
Joanne Malley06/04/06
Enjoyed the style of this poem and the meat of it even more. Great job! :)
Jessica Schmit06/04/06
purity,

I love it. You already know what I've said about this one, but just wanted to let you know that I truly think this is incredible. You have so much talent.
Rita Garcia06/04/06
You brought tears to my eyes, the revelation of a true friend, in her and in Him. May your golden gift continue to reflect His light.
Maxx .06/04/06
Ah, Purity. I should have guessed this was yours. You've really come a long way. This is an excellent and touching piece. (and I know what you mean about our dear Jessica!) Good job ... now knock it off! I have enough trouble dealing with the already established Masters folks! lol! ;-)
T. F. Chezum06/04/06
This is very nice. I cannot add anything to what's been said. You do belong in masters, excellent job.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/06/06
Purity, this is truly a Master-piece. What else can be said? Whether it's in Masters or Advanced you will always be you, Beautiful.
Dara Sorensen06/06/06
Simply beautiful. I hope someday I'll be able to master the written word as well as you have been able to; you are truly talented!
Suzanne R06/07/06
What can I say? It's all been said beautifully. So I'll just stick with 'Well done!'
Debbie OConnor06/08/06
Wonderful! I love every line. Excellent work.