Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Poetry Jam "Exalted", IGWRT's "Sunday Challenge" & "Sensational Haiku Wednesday" & dVerse "Open Link Night"

Photo provided by Richard Schear
Icy frozen sin
thaws, arms plead "deliver me"
exalted by grace


Exposed and naked
I alone can do nothing
as a dark iciness
attempts to seer its brand
upon my gnarled body
bent with age, 
soft green innocence
long fallen away,
a life wicked, embraced.

I plead each knot
a tribulation endured,
paths chosen unwisely, perhaps,
throughout life's seasons,

but as I lie prostrate beneath
humanity's descending curtain,
I brazenly stretch frigid fingers
towards a final sliver of light
seeking to be deliquesced,
sinful brand removed
replaced with a new inner coat
of sparkling white.

With my last breath, I seek to be
exalted by His grace.

by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, February 7, 2012

This may be a stretch... and I'm still not sure if I must use the word or the meaning of the word for "Sensational Haiku Wednesday" ( I will link up to later this evening).  (Jenn, let me know! :)  This week's word theme is: Relief - alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression, etc.

This is also linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Sunday Challenge" featuring fellow toad, Kay L. Davies photographer husband, Richard Schear.  I chose the above photo.  I often think we are like the frozen trees, needing the "son" the "light", to bring us new life.  

I am also linking up with dVerse's "Open Link Night".

Another poetry challenge from "Poetry Jam" is to experience cold or hot and how that makes us feel.  I revised a poem I had written on January 4, 2011.  (I find much of my poetry back then is due for a bit of "retouching")


Janet said...

Powerful and gorgeous! LOVE the final two stanzas...I felt it unfold into VICTORY!

Brian Miller said...

nice...you know sometimes it takes a really hard fall to truly accept that grace...but then its all good...smiles...

Divalounger said...

Gorgeous write! The acceptance of mistakes and the search for grace--powerful themes.


izzy said...

You are not ambitious! how you keep everything straight- amazing. I would love to do some of these
topics I just never seem to be able to keep to the schedule...

Mary said...

Just beautiful, Margaret; prayerful, in fact! I enjoyed this.

john Richter said...

Lifes chosen paths, perhaps chosen unwisely.....

A pictures tells a thousand words, and these few words tell a thousand pictures.... Life would not be life without them, our mistakes, that is...

Teresa said...

Both poems are wonderful. I love the transformation in Exalted.

becca givens said...

Vivid imagery ~~ nicely crafted with your talented pen!

(BTW - love your February cardinal)

hedgewitch said...

I really like your haiku form of this, Margaret. There's a reall feeling of cold and loss in both poems, yet also hope.

Suzy said...

Both beautifully written.
"paths chosen unwisely, perhaps,
throughout life's seasons" - loved those lines. A nice reminder to choose wisely. Thanks for visiting my blog.

my heart's love songs on wordpress said...

exquisite haiku!

and i LOVE 'Exalted' ~ it took my breath away, Margaret!

gorgeous photograph, too!

MISH said...

Wow! Your haiku packs a punch!
There's a load of info crammed into these 17 syllables... it actually reminded me of a suppressed story that's waiting to be told...

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

It can simply allude to the prompt, as yours does :) Nicely done!