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Poems by Robert Hawkins

Psalm 44
We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. Psalm 44:1-2

Psalm 41
Even though I'd known that the Psalms were divided into 5 books for most of my life, until I wrote this, I didn't know that the last verse (or so) of the last Psalm of each Book was a doxology. Psalm 41 is the final Psalm of Book 1, ending in a doxology.

Job 38 • Who Dare? first in poetry contest
After Job converses with his four friends for 35 chapters, God shows up in chapter 38 to set the record straight. And, boy, does he ask a lot of questions! Right from the get-go, he asks: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?"

30 Pieces of Silver finalist in poetry contest
I had been working on a different Easter poem for a couple of weeks and not getting anywhere. The phrase, "30 Pieces of Silver", came to mind and this poem was written in hours. "When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse."

Job 36 • Like Cattle Announcing a Squall finalist in poetry contest
I didn't have a title for this poem until I finally came across the very last verse. "He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach." Job 36:32-33

In the Shadow of the Cross first in poetry contest
This is still one of my faves — Easter or otherwise.

Psalm 29 finalist in poetry contest
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his a holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory . . . Ps 29:1-3a

Job 28 • Got Wisdom? first in poetry contest
Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine. Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. Man puts an end to darkness and searches out to the farthest limit the ore in gloom and deep darkness Job 28:1-3

Psalm 27 second in poetry contest
I love what it says in Psalm 27:8: My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”