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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Current Affairs (06/07/12)

TITLE: Things to Tell Myself
By Melanie Kerr
06/07/12
~1st Place


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Shes never read a newspaper
She boasts
Shes never had black ink
Stain her fingertips
Shes never had dark stories
Stain her mind
She already knows
How far humanity has slipped
She says

Shes never watched the news
She declares
Shes never had pictures
Of hurricanes and floods
Drag her eyes open
Shes never heard the screams
From exploding bombs
Echo in her ears
She already knows
How far humanity has slipped
She says

Shes never voted in an election
She claims
She has never put her cross
Decisive and firm
In any box
Shes never listened
To party political broadcasts
She is waiting for a better world
Than this
She already knows
How far humanity has slipped
She says

Humanity slipped and
You stood and watched
I tell her

Youve wasted the authority
God gave you
I tell her

Your prayers
Stirred by the stories
Like an arrow loosed at a target
Directed and purposeful
Could have felled the enemy
I tell her

Your prayers
Fuelled by the images
Sown with tears
Pleading for the lost, the blind and the lame
Lifting their names to heaven
Applying the precious Blood
To the blows and the bruises
Could have brought healing
I tell her

You could have closed the door
On the tyrants
And on the small men
Who sit on big thrones
And tear down the walls that protect
The poor
I tell her

The better world
Is this one
When we take the authority
God has given
And pray
I tell her

Then I tell these things
To myself

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Nancy Bucca 06/09/12
Wow! What a strong message in this, and powerful. How easy it is to moan over current affairs when we have the power of prayer to change things. Absolutely magnificent and on target.
lynn gipson 06/12/12
You've just made me tell myself a few things. Excellent...and thanks
Allison Egley 06/12/12
Oh, very nice. So true, and some good reminders here.
Francy Judge06/15/12
I'm going to remember this lovely poem whenever I read the newspaper and get depressed over its contents. Great job!
Margaret Kearley 06/15/12
Congratulations on a very well deserved win Melanie. This is brilliant.
Nancy Bucca 06/15/12
Congratulations on your first place win!
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats! God Bless~
CD Swanson 06/15/12
Congrats on the EC! God Bless~
Benjamin Graber06/15/12
Wow. Excellent, inspiring poem, Melanie! Great work!
Danielle King 06/15/12
WOW! This is powerful. Certainly made me think! Congratulations on a well deserved 1st place.
Ellen Carr 06/16/12
Congratulations on your first placing. This is very powerful and its message is so important - be involved, keep informed, pray. Thanks.
Jody Day 06/17/12
Compelling and very well done. Congratulations!