Burning the Nail Poetry Challenge – Poet: Agnew T. Pickens

Welcome, one and all, to a challenge catered to inspire the poet’s heart in each of us.  A poem, any length and style, to be written about the chosen theme: Burning the Nail. So, what the heck does that mean? That is where the fun begins.Red hot nails


Thank you everyone that participated in our poetry challenge.  The submissions were amazingly diverse and deep, taking our theme in so many different ways. We are in awe of all of you.  We thought that perhaps it was time to give everyone a peek behind the curtain and tell you the story behind BURNING THE NAIL.  So, what does it actually mean? We have no idea.  Sheila’s youngest child came up with it.  It was a favorite lyric substitution to many different songs from lullabies to heavy metal.

“I think I heard it sung for a least a week straight, both whispered quietly while playing to singing loudly with the radio in the car.  The more I heard it, the more it called to me.  What could this really mean? ”

So, now you know the truth. The words of a child; molded and shaped into a series of incredible works of poetry.  Isn’t it amazing what such a simple phrase can be transformed into?

Eternally Grateful,

Sheila Hall and Robert Zimmermann 

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We Tarry
by Agnew T. Pickens

the nails
the nails
in a savior’s palms

into words
words held dear

the nails
we carry
in our palms
having heard the Savior’s plea

Elohi! Elohi! Lamch Sabachthani!

the nails
we carry
for a life half-lived
the nails
we feel
in the palms of our hands


like the Cross

We tarry

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Angew T. Pickens

Agnew Pickens has been writing and blogging since 2007. He has two self published volumes of poetry, “Space Christals” & “The Emperor’s New Closet” available on Amazon. He is currently working on a collaboration for a new book of flash fiction, flash nonfiction and poetry with two other writers.


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