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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: The Start of Time
By Juanita Pittman-Brown
01/17/06


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There was a beginning
There is an end --
There was a yesterday
There is a tomorrow
Just around the bend --
There is today
In the middle
Of our days --
And an end to come
As surely as the never-ending
Wind sways...

There was a start
And there will be
An ending line --
And too eternity will arrive
When there will be no measure
Of earthly time --
There is birth
And years of growing --
There are the elder years
Where we as human beings
Reap what today
We are sowing...

There was the start
At the conception
Of eternity --
There will be an eternal
Beginning as a promised
Certainty...

There was the spark
That started your heart
To beat --
There too will come
The day when no more
Earthly days you will repeat...

Seek divinity
As you go from day to day
For there will come a time
When this earthly travel
Is through --
And there we will discover
That the start
Will be as new...

Trust in God
Our creator
And lover of all man-kind --
Trust in His sovereignty
Which says to man
That He was the beginner
Of the start of time...


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Jan Ackerson 01/24/06
Your fourth stanza is particularly lovely. The short lines make for a "choppy" read--I wonder how it would read differently if some of the lines were combined to longer ones? Something to try next time, perhaps. I like your exhortation to "seek divinity". Very nice.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/25/06
My "cup of tea" in poetry is the old fashioned type poem composed of perfect rhthmic phrases; however, this is lyrical, has great wisdom, great creativity, and a wonderful take on "start"; I actually enjoyed this "offbeat brand of tea" (smile) and, I Liked it just as it is! Very well done!
Alexandra Wilkin01/26/06
I have read this through a few times now - as another lover of 'old school' poetry, the short sentances took a little adjusting too. But, having adjusted, I have to say I really like this. The spark of inspiration has been carried through beautifully: the last stanza is wonderful. God bless.
Phyllis Inniss 01/26/06
Very creative. I like the poem as is. We can't always stick to the old format; we must welcome change. Your ideas in this poem are very sound.