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Poems by Robert Hawkins

The Art of Brotherly Love second in poetry contest
Based on the scriptures found in "The Purpose-Driven Life" - Day 19. Starting with James 3:18 - You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other. . .

Simon Peter finalist in poetry contest
Then Jesus answered, "Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!" John 13:38

Gethsemane finalist in poetry contest
Written 20 years ago, but still one of my faves. I think the lines ending with double syllables produce a breathless urgency, hurtling the story to its conclusion. After 20 years, I finally tweaked the final stanza that bothered me with extra syllables.

Job 39 • Pinions and Plumage
The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, but are they the pinions and plumage of love? For she leaves her eggs to the earth and lets them be warmed on the ground, forgetting that a foot may crush them and that the wild beast may trample them. Job 39:13-15

Tabernacle
And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I show you. Exodus 25:8-9

Yahweh
In the late 90s, I wrote a series of 22 poems celebrating the names of God/Jesus. Most of the poems dealt with a distinct title, i.e., The Good Shepherd, The Great Physician, etc. The last one, however, was quite simply -- the names. This is that poem.

Behold, the Man
Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” John 19:5 (NKJV)

I’ve Known You Forever first in poetry contest
Back in 2004 my church studied Rick Warren's book, The Purpose-Driven Life. We spent forty days reading forty chapters. For the 6-week series, I wrote 6 poems based upon the scriptures found in 6 of those 40 chapters. This was for Day/Chapter 2.

Job 3 • Job's Lament finalist in poetry contest
Before I wrote this poem, I had never read the Book of Job. When my daily Bible-reading brought me to Job, I was blown away with the imagery. Job is in the Poetry section of the Bible for a reason!