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storm, weight of rain sloshes o’er the sides of the acrylic tub thunder of strobe, eyes blinking slashes of screams, disaster — utterance of lips, gutteral door jammed, eye to eye contact with the lion and lamb; the owl on heights of despair interrogates, scrutinizes, eyeballs the blood seas, sees all, inspects your history, his and his too, talons tapping. outside the storm-beset sanctuary enlightenment, smoky decanter, revolt against rage, mercy seeks mercy great, dumbo’s ears all wet, humbling effect, spirit genuflect running, running, out of breath entangled in net, unseen drooling at achilles tendon, heel’s devotion genuflection at soaked-white tow’r, emptied of a mother’s call, deliver’d a newborn once more — water breaking, agony of childbirth the ruination of seeds, road rage — off course; after impregnation of tumbling weeds, g.p.s turned off God is greater than all this. Later it seems frivolous. Weight was great — shoulder-pounding, tremulous. But He comforts us as if we had a boo-boo — God, great and wonderful cleanses the germs thoroughly, applies bandaid, kisses the wound; also the forehead mother’s heart and stomach patched; her seething brain restored to sanity God moved the husband’s hand to phone softened hearts of stone punishment was puny Three cords intertwined A fourth runs through and through Spirit of release and joy the Lord allows not the ruination of a mother’s soul; pulls her close — nose to nose with the lion, lamb and owl she can only smile now 8/12/2020 Brian Strand’s contest

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Date: 8/12/2020 7:38:00 PM
Amazing, Biblical-force epic, couched in modern verse. Bravo, Kim!! Hope many will read this inspiring, powerful poem! Thanks, Gershon
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 8/12/2020 8:45:00 PM
Thanks so much, my friend!
Date: 8/12/2020 8:27:00 AM
(2) a lovely picture of a godly marriage. Other great phrases: the blood seas, talons tapping, gps turned off, pulled her close nose to nose. So wonderful how God has given you a talent to write, and the inspiration to make such a powerful statement to his glory. Amen!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 8/12/2020 12:20:00 PM
I am overwhelmed by God. Blessings to you today for such encouragement and always!
Date: 8/12/2020 8:24:00 AM
(1) Kim, as I just mentioned in your Fresh Insights, you choose powerful words, they are evocative of deep meanings and carry an emotional punch. This poem tells of a crisis point that is resolved by God's comforting presence. I'm blessed by this, and happy to read of your spiritual journey. There is a real down-to-earth loving aspect of God that you capture with his kissing our wounds and our forehead. Love your metaphors of lion, lamb, and owl. The three cords reminds me of Ecclesiastes 4:12
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 8/12/2020 12:19:00 PM
Amen! Thank you, John!