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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Game (12/06/12)

TITLE: War Game
By Carolyn Ancell
12/08/12
~4th Place


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War game:
young soldiers,
mothers’ babies.
Mercy
replaced with steel
and fire.

War game:
a husband,
a wife.
Promise
replaced with deceit
and lies.

War game:
an empty heart,
a half-empty bottle.
Hope
replaced with desolation
and desperation.

War game:
highest intentions,
a moment of weakness.
Childhood
replaced by parenthood
and responsibility.

War game:
honest work,
dishonest opportunity.
Integrity
replaced by greed
and fear of discovery.

War game:
a child on a playground,
and a bully.
The battlefield
need not be large
to be damaging.


War game:
order now
in time for Christmas.
Violence for fun.
Who needs
a Prince of Peace?

War game:
once a neighbor,
or a friend.
Truth
now tarnished by gossip,
and unkind words.

War game:
a seeking soul,
a searching heart.
Faith
challenged by the noise
of an unbelieving world.

War game:
the powers of evil,
and Jesus the Lord.
Victory
Healing
Hope
Reconciliation
Forgiveness
Peace.

The battle is won.
Love reigns.
Game over.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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CD Swanson 12/15/12
Nicely done. I enjoyed this so much. It was well written and had many layers of meanings.

God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 12/18/12
Your simple structure is a strong vehicle for a broad and very clear message. Great job.
Noel Mitaxa 12/20/12
The judges also think you've done a great job. Congratulations on your win.
Bea Edwards 12/20/12
Simple yet intricate in its message. Well done! I enjoyed your lovely poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/20/12
Wow! This speaks volumes. I think in light of the tragedy last week in CT. It speaks louder. God does a wonderful job of preparing us. Congratulations on this Outstanding poem.
Ellen Carr 12/21/12
I really enjoyed your poem and its message. Congratulations on your first place win!
Beth LaBuff 12/23/12
Wow! I love your train of thought, culminating in your ending. Your message is powerful. Super Congrats, Carolyn, on your ribbon!