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Overcash views poetry as ministry

Thursday, February 16, 2006

COUCH -- An award winning poet lives at Couch. Mary Overcash has had poems published in national publications and she sees her poems as a ministry.

Overcash moved to Oregon County from Kannapolis, N.C., 10 years ago.

She said it was around the time she moved that she began to write. She writes mostly religious poems and short stories.

"God has blessed my writings, especially my poem ministry in so many ways and is still opening doors," she said.

Overcash is a member of a writers group in Thayer. She has been a member of the Graphic Writers' Group since 1998 and the Baxter County Poets Association since 1994.

"I read my poetry at Byrd Church each Sunday and have been honored by several churches by being asked to read at their revivals and also at the Cave Springs Free Will Association meetings. I give books of my poems to shut-ins and the downhearted to show that God does care for them. My poetry has been a blessing to me as I believe God writes through me," Overcash said.

In 1998 she won the Diamond Homer Award from the Famous Poets Society. In 2004 Overcash was selected to be included in the international "Whos Who In Poetry" and for poetic achievement awards and editors choice awards through the International Society of Poets.

The International Library of Poetry selected Overcash to write a poem for their special editions in 2004 and 2005. The editions were entitled The Best Poems and Poets of 2004 and 2005. The books feature an entire page of poems of each artist selected. There were only 200 poets selected for publication from America and Europe in each of the books. Overcash said she felt honored.

Following is a sample of her work.

So Near, Yet So Far

Gambling went on at the foot of the cross as the soldiers gambled for Jesus' garments.

They were so close, but yet so far from Christ.

Each soldier lay his luck on the hard earth hoping to extend his wardrobe at the expense of the cross killed carpenter.

They were so close to the timber, but so far from the blood.

We today still play games at the foot of the cross.

As Christians we close our eyes to the sin that is going on around us.

We are silent as Satan is slowly taking God out of our lives.

At these times, we too, are near at the cross,

but yet so far from Christ and his saving blood.

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