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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: The Anointed Poet
By Joyce Poet
05/19/07


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The Anointed Poet

The page is blank,
whiter than white,
and it waits for fiery
Fingertips
to dance upon its surface.

The Words come
like rain,
some rhyme,
and keep time,
and some are simple,
but profoundly prophetic
and gracefully
without meter.

The pen shakes
in trembling hands
as the Father’s voice
breaks through the barriers
of flesh.
“I don’t understand.”

“But you will.
The words do not belong
to the poet.”

Soon enough,
tongues of fire
quicken the heart
and release a river
of poetry.
I am undone,
dead but alive.
Who is this King of Glory?

A page is turned.
My fingertips burn.
The Father hands me
His pen.

Open, oh ye mysteries.
Pour out a brand new song
brought forth from ancient history
that the saints might sing along.

Poetic spirit of grace
fills blank pages with signs
of wonder in liquid ink
and a fire between the lines.

A blank page
floats in space,
knowingly awaits
the anointed poet.

And the poet waits
for the dance
of Fiery fingertips
to direct the flow
of ink.

Give me another blank page.
© 2007


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Benjamin Graber05/25/07
Excellent! As one who loves to write poetry, I could really feel with this.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/25/07
This lovely poem shows the heart and prayer of the poet.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
The imagery in this is very good, and I like how you intersperse free verse with meter and rhyme as it suits your words. Beautiful!
David Butler 05/25/07
A fine example of "word-painting" here. Well done, anointed poet!
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
This is wonderful. I could feel your reliance on God. Beautiful imagery. Great job.
Julie Arduini05/26/07
This is definitely written by someone who knows what they are doing. Terrific work.
Christine Dunn05/27/07
Very well written, and a perfect subject for this week's topic. I especially loved the last sentence.
Sandra Petersen 05/28/07
This poem sent chills through me. I wonder if this is how David felt when he sang psalms to the Lord, or the prophets when the quiet voice of God inspired them to write.

There were some precious pictures in the words of the first stanza and throughout. I can't pick a favorite spot. The only thing I would have done is to italicize the words that God spoke to the poet-prophet to make it clearer who was speaking.

A beautifully wrought piece of verse!
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
Good picture of a poet waiting on the anointing of God for inspiration.
Anne Linington02/19/08
As someone who likes to write poetry, I really enjoyed this piece. Thankyou for expressing some of the process in such a creative way. God bless your poetic ministry.