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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: I Walk Past
By Purity Snowe
07/26/06


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I walk past them every day,
Along my street, my block, my barrio,
Their eyes clouded, faces lined, shoulders stooped.
The least of these.
Consumed by hopelessness. Lost in shadows.
Struggling to survive self-inflicted destruction.
They cry out in silent despair.
I walk past them every day,
And they wait.

“... Vast fields are ripening all around us ...”
Father, grant me compassionate eyes.


I ask, “Can I pray for you?”
His hands tremble, muddy, nails torn.
“Got any change?” His voice rasps.
“A couple of bucks?”
His gaze wanders to the hooch
In the liquor store window. Slow poison.
“No, Sorry.” I pray anyway.
I walk past them every day.
My eyes burn.

“... For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.”
Father, grant me a burdened heart.


“May I sit with you?” I wonder
To a woman draped in rags and filth.
She spits and curses, eyes wide
With hatred for me, the world.
“I sleep with Satan!”
Blood from an arterial wound.
My tears spill.
I walk past them every day.
But can’t just walk away.

“... Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.”
Father, grant me determined hands.






John 4:35, Romans 3:23, Mark 16:15 New Living Translation


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Lori Othouse 07/28/06
This was very moving. I loved how, even though you were rejected, you still couldn't walk away. That's someone with a true heart for souls. Thank you for reminding us how we all should be!
Lynda Lee Schab 07/29/06
A powerful message for us all! Beautifully written. Gives me much to think about.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/29/06
"I walk past", you say; but you stopped and asked to pray with them - but they want a dime, a dollar; or they spit and hate you for trying! What then? I loved the story you portray - it is so true, but what to do? Great job of a heartbreaking scene on planet Earth. Kudos!
Venice Kichura08/01/06
Very moving, Purity! Your gift shines through in all you write & I know God uses you much!
Joanne Sher 08/01/06
I LOVE the contrast between what you are seeing and what you and the Lord are "thinking." Great title, too - this was very moving to me.
Rita Garcia08/01/06
Beautiful, touching, heartfelt!
Trina Courtenay08/02/06
Another awesome poem! But I can't walk away...nice ending.
Ann Darcy08/02/06
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. If I could only write like you... :) This is an absolutely wonderful piece, and so true. Thanks for sharing!
Sara Harricharan 08/02/06
This was really beautiful!
Brenda Craig08/02/06
Astounding, truth as sharp as a two edged sword. May it plunge into the depths of our heart, and open our eyes.
Simply wonderful.