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Scarce contained within its bounds Surging, straining to break free Pulsating and palpable Enticed by its pure energy Mesmerized and drawn, a moth to flame O, that I might be a god! Grab these reins and take control Are they not mine, and this, my day For others to admire, extol? Seduced complete by thoughts of storied fame Child, remove thy hand, step back Quick to act, quick to forget How thy ways cause misery Sorrow, shame, and much regret Pleasure, fleeting, always ends the same Upward cast thy gaze, child, never down Your loving Father ever wears the crown ---------- for the 2022 Poetry Marathon Mile 17 Poetry Contest sponsored by Mark Toney written on 09/25/22

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Date: 10/13/2022 4:36:00 PM
Jeff, you have such wonderful words at your command! Your poetry is book-worthy!
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Date: 10/13/2022 4:39:00 PM
You are too kind, Ann - thanks so much, and I am glad you enjoyed this one.
Date: 9/28/2022 9:54:00 AM
This is a true contender for poem of the day, the week and the month Jeff.
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Date: 9/25/2022 9:12:00 AM
Marvelous, Jeff. You know, this reminded me of a Shakespearian sonnet. Exceptionally well written. The imagery is fantastic. I would like to see this P.O.T.D. A FAVE for me.
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Date: 9/25/2022 11:16:00 AM
Many thanks, Milt! I've been playing with varied line length a bit while still trying to retain a flow, and hoped this one worked.
Date: 9/25/2022 6:24:00 AM
Wow! Love this, Jeff! A fave! In strong utterance: “O that I might be a god,” the lust that must be quenched for it is chains about a child’s neck.
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Date: 9/25/2022 6:27:00 AM
Thanks, Kim! Yes, I read the contest description, and thought, "That's Romans 7, right there!" Have a blessed day!