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Poetry Challenge 2014


Keith Wallis

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A slightly belated welcome to 2014. Happy New Year to you all. A new challenge for this year then - let's have another 'relay'. Rules of engagement - pick the third line of the previous post as your first line. Should be an easy enough rule to follow but please be sure that you've scrolled through to the most recent post for that line. Probably help if you put your third line into a different colour. Happy writing everybody.

 

Here goes with my New Year starter:

 

 

The lights go out

 

at the turning of the year,

 

everything and nothing changes

 

with the striking resolution of twelve.

 

The rain abated for our walk home,

 

stars and fireworks perforated the sky

 

with showers of colour

 

and the crazy assault of percussion.

 

The warmth of bed in the early hours

 

a welcome retreat before

 

the earnest new beginning

 

and love

 

that never ended.

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Everything and nothing changes,

 

 

time continues, the earth remains

 

 

seasons change but stay the same

 

 

and souls are lost and found.

 

 

Life is to be lived in all its fullness

 

 

until our own time has come

 

 

to enter another sphere

 

 

the heaven of god's creation.

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Seasons change but stay the same,

 

 

the detail differs daily;

 

 

wrinkles grow in laughter lines

 

 

permanent scars of mirth.

 

 

The hand of God

 

 

grasps ever firmer

 

 

my loose grip

 

 

as we nearer

 

 

closer moments

 

 

and the sharing of our humour.

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Of serenity and wisdom of which God gives from the start,

 

 

I awoke this sweet morning with such peace on my heart.

 

 

Which opened doors for light worship and Yahweh to be praised,

 

 

I drew close to Him.

 

 

He spoke to my heart and reminded me of this,

 

 

That to write is a calling and a gift that is His.

 

 

And to my great discernment I did not come upon this amiss,

 

 

But right on time.

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Which opened doors for light worship and Yahweh to be praised

 

 

do I take time to enter and my own voice do raise?

 

 

to join the great cacophony of worship, sound and light

 

 

ringing throughout our daytime and through the darkest night

 

 

this never ending wave of love, petition, praise and thanks

 

 

to Father, Son and Holy Ghost above the heavenly ranks.

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To join the great cacophony of worship, sound and light,

 

 

My incense lifted up to Him, my praise is His delight.

 

 

I'll be just like the Angels, who praise Him never ceasing,

 

 

While bowing down to Holy God, His love for me increasing.

 

 

Holy, Holy, Holy.....Holy are You King,

 

 

My praise to You is humbling me and now my heart will sing!

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Where around the throne will I be when the Bride meets Day

 

 

Where I will come face to face with The Truth, The Life, The Way

 

 

There every knee will bow and every tongue confess

 

 

That Jesus is Lord of all that God had blessed

 

 

He came for the righteous and those of sin whom broke free

 

 

He came for the sick, the poor, and sinners such as me

 

 

To join Him in His Kingdom, where He will rule on high

 

 

A Kingdom for which I pray will include you and I

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There every knee will bow and every tongue confess,

 

 

That God as King, most Holy being, is one I will profess.

 

 

Majestic on His throne, high and lifted up,

 

 

I bow to Him most loving one, to Him I lift my cup.

 

 

When I am dry and empty and feeling not quite right,

 

 

I look to You my Holy King to show Your Glory light.

 

 

Upon my heart to heal my soul, to fill my cup again,

 

 

So I can be your vessel, to love the hearts of men.

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Majestic on His throne, high and lifted up

 

 

He has made us Gods own, in Spirit He's lifted us

 

 

Learning to place our trust in the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, strength and soul

 

 

Father my life is yours to control

 

 

Yours to make whole, to redeem and make new

 

 

Father God I forever praise you

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Learning to place our trust in the Lord our God, with all our heart, mind, strength and soul,

 

 

Is a quest and a process long lasting, one with rewards, this should be our goal.

 

 

To trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding,

 

 

To lean on Him and all His commands and not on the world who is demanding.

 

 

That we live by the precepts of a kingdom that offer no promise of life,

 

 

But leads us down paths of unrighteousness, anger, discord and strife.

 

 

But to live by the fruits of the Spirit, now that's a promise we should strive for to keep,

 

 

For to hear His sweet voice, say, "Well done my dear child", is by faith, not by stride, but by leap.

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To trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding

 

 

is difficult in some situations

 

 

when our take on things

 

 

seem so much more practical than his.

 

 

In the end though the way of the Lord is best

 

 

for His is the only perfect way,

 

 

the way pointing to peace, joy and love,

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When our take on things,

 

 

Is not quite what it seemed, we often wonder, who's in control.

 

 

Then we hear from within that still quiet voice,

 

 

Then we know it's the God of our soul.

 

 

And we ask ourselves should I think for myself,

 

 

'Cause this road becomes unfamiliar sometimes,

 

 

And we realize our role, learning doctrines of old,

 

 

As we put it into lines that rhyme.

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And the thunderous wind of life

 

 

is no match for Ruach Hakodesh.[a]

 

 

Peril breaks its blade in battle

 

 

and the angels shout in triumph.

 

 

This is but one battle among the many,

 

 

the Enemy is sly.

 

 

The redeemed begin another hymn

 

 

spiritual warfare led with praise.

 

 

[a] Hebrew for Holy Spirit

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And breastplate armor sound,

 

 

To stand against the wiles of the evil one,

 

 

For rulers and authorities and the powers of this dark world,

 

 

Matters not to the Sword of the Spirit that conquers all,

 

 

And triumphs over all darkness that seeks to encroach upon His Holy ones.

 

 

For flaming arrows and fiery darts cannot pierce the hearts of a people,

 

 

Who take cover under His wings which no foe can withstand!

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Wow. It's like encourag[ing] one another with songs, hymns and spiritual songs. A real treat, blessing.

 

 

In the process, I'm reminded that God both expects us to give our all and yet not worry about being perfect. Kind of like, it's better to act out of a sincere heart, rough edges and all, than to think high thoughts and be mute. And then, over time, we become not only more in-tune with God and others, we actually appear more representative of the attractive Image of Christ.

 

 

Well, that's a mouthful, but I'm just grateful and want to say so.

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