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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: Angel He Has Heard On High
By Linda Germain
~8th Place


T’was the night before Easter
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even my spouse

The children were sleeping
All snug in their beds
With bunnies of chocolate
Merely dreams in their heads

When down in the den
There rose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed
To see what was the matter

Down the steps in the dark
I flew like a rocket
Ball-bat in one hand
And some mace in my pocket.

Not a thief in the night
Stopped me short in my track
But an ANGEL in white
(I was taken aback!)

“Do not be afraid.”
Was his greeting to me
“I’ve come from on high
With a message, you see.”

“Excuse me,” I said,
As I tried not to stare,
“How did you get here
And into my chair?”

His feet were propped up
He reclined with great ease
A picture of comfort
Just shooting the breeze.

I laid the bat down
And sat on the floor
Ready to listen
Yet, right by the door

He seemed to be wise
And gentle and smart
The words that he spoke
Went right to my heart.

“Please open your ears,”
He pled to this man
“And hear the real truth
While you live, and still can."

He paused when he saw
Baskets filled up with treats
Plus notes from a bunny
And other nice sweets.

“How dare you?” he boomed
In a voice filled with wrath
“The things you’ve assumed
Lead you down the wrong path.”

I was stunned by his voice
But I could not get out
He gave me no choice,
He continued to shout.

“The time is so short
Mr. man-of-this-place
And your family will perish,
It’s all about face.

I don’t mean your fame
And your so-called good worth
But rather your name
When you leave this bad earth.

“Wake up,” he decreed
As he brandished a sword,
“It’s time you were freed
So I’m cutting your cord.”

“Wait-Wait,” was my plea
As I trembled in fear
“Explain, so I see,
I will promise to hear.”

He paced and he taught
And I listened for more
"By blood you were bought"
Was the theme at its core.

Jesus the Christ
Arose from the dead
The true sacrifice
Washed me clean as he bled.

Easter is LIFE!
I’m not teaching my kid
Or showing him truth
Of what Jesus did.

Before I could blink
The angel withdrew
Gone in a wink
And nobody knew

He’d planted a seed
To grow deep in my heart
A desperate need
To make a fresh start.

I’d tell my own kin
And others around
About washed away sin
And the love I had found.

Contrite for my blindness
Now thankful for vision:

Easter’s not about eggs…
But about JESUS RISEN!


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darlene hight06/06/05
This is fabulous! A definite winner in my book!
Sally Hanan06/06/05
Cute, funny, clever. Definitely a top eight winner.
Pat Guy 06/06/05
Yep - definately a winner! Great!
Kyle Chezum06/06/05
What a clever poem! And such a great truth about Easter. Good job!
Great poem, great message, great rhythm. Simply great!
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/07/05
That was great! :-D
Judy Anderson06/08/05
An old Christmas tale resurrected to a new Easter spin. This is wonderful! Congratulations.
dub W06/09/05
Super neat. Thank you.
Shari Armstrong 06/09/05
What a talent!! Thanks for sharing that!
Karri Compton06/09/05
Nice revision - it worked well and had a good message. The only line that needs work ,imho, is "When you leave this bad earth." It just didn't sound right - maybe a different adjective? Great job.

Linda Germain 06/09/05
Note re: "bad earth"
I was trying to play off of Pearl S. Buck's, ~THIS GOOD EARTH~ . Guess I should have been more obvious. Thanks for the comments.:0)
Val Clark06/10/05
A lively and enjoyable poem.
Maxx .06/10/05
I like this, Linda. It reads as light ... but still has deep truth behind it. Way good! Thanks!
Lynda Lee Schab 06/11/05
This was brilliant! I loved everything about it. It read quickly but the message is one that stays with you.
I think you've got a winner here!
Blessings, Lynda
Joanne Malley06/11/05
Cute, clever--terrific ryhme, meter...everything. Great job!
Suzanne R06/13/05
WOW - this is BRILLIANT!
David Stewart06/13/05
Linda, I agree with the others: WOW! Fun to read yet filled with a deep very imprtant message we all need to hear.

Great writing!

Lois Jennison Tribble06/14/05
Fantastic, Linda! Great tool to set the record straight with truth and humor -- I'm keeping a copy handy for use next Easter. Very cleverly and skillfully written -- thank you!
Linda Watson Owen06/15/05
Linda, this is a real delight! What a great message in an irresistable package!
Catrina Bradley 03/24/08
I love this! A great message in a delightfully fun, then convicting, poem.