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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Exam (09/12/13)

TITLE: Drops of Psalms
By Linda Goergen
09/18/13


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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want—

But I do want—to tune out the rumble
of these unwanted sounds around me
to make still my anxiety
as I lie here—bring comfort
to me, I plead, oh Lord
calm me as I wait
for the dreaded
yet fated
hated
test.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters—


I’ve not quite reached those green pastures yet Lord
stuck here staring at this hall’s green walls
enduring the gossip of staff
that pretends I’m not present
laying on this gurney
stripped of dignity
scared and scorning
the exam
on my
mind.

He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake—


To be honest Lord, I’m not yet restored
my faith keeps stumbling off path—I fear
this examination—this plight
this pending quiz has me vexed
I don’t want to be here
silently screaming
needing leading
back to hope
but I’m
weak.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and they staff they comfort me—


In this sterile valley I lie—engulfed
by shadows of unanswered questions
of death spreading inside me—Lord
prepare me for whatever
this probe of me may prove
take thy rod and staff
and fling evil
far from my
tortured
thoughts.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over—


I know You hear—as Your Holy Spirit
comes like a flood—anointing my soul
just before the needle’s potion
takes control—lulls awareness
of evaluation
and violation
I feel Your fire
and praise You
as I
drift.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever—


I awake feeling goodness and mercy
sustaining me—and I remember
this hospital—the test—God’s love
that flamed my dying ember
into faith that fears not
my exam results
for regardless
I will dwell
in His
peace.




Footnote: The quoted scripture is The 23rd Psalm,(KJV).


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Nancy Bucca 09/19/13
Great job with this well-written poem! I like the flow and all the elements you include, weaving in scripture at just the right places. "Drops of Psalms" is an awesome title for this marvelous piece of work.
CD Swanson 09/20/13
Wow - This totally gripped my entire being. It is something that everyone will be able to relate to, either through personal experience, or someone they know.

This powerful poem was "dripping with realism" and delivered an epic close!

Loved it. Great job, brilliant wording...peaceful assurance.

God bless you~
Wilma Schlegel 09/24/13
I loved the form, loved the flow, loved the honesty and reality. Loved the title. Loved the conclusion. I felt like I was there.
Great entry!
Yvonne Blake 09/26/13
Congratulations, Linda! As usual, this is wonderful poem. I like how God's Word brings peace.
CD Swanson 09/26/13
Congratulations! I loved this so much, excellent work my friend.

God bless~
Francy Judge 09/27/13
Congratulations on winning an EC with this beautiful poem. I could feel the poet's anxiety with your vivid descriptions. I like how you used "drops of Psalms" to calm her thoughts and bring peace to her mind.
Leola Ogle 09/29/13
Congratulations, Linda. One of my favorites. God bless!
Bea Edwards 10/02/13
I thought your concept of praying this Psalm through you fear and the subsequent contrast in the battle between your thoughts and feelings and the promises of the Psalm was brilliant. Well done and congratulations on your EC placing.