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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: "Splash" 4-11-13 Deadline (04/04/13)

TITLE: Child's Play
By Nancy Bucca
04/10/13
~5th Place


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My dusty skin soaks in a pool
A life unguarded, school of cool
I'll risk a plunge and watch them drool
Take dunk of faith, unleash a duel

Dirt rinses off. "I see!" I say
But my bold burst of child's play
Evokes loud cries. "How dare you spray
Such flagrant joy on holy day?"

"What impish hand, what crimson cheek!"
"You've rocked our ship; it's sprung a leak!"
Hot tears they blink, cold words they speak
Into a whirlwind harsh and bleak

"You've clogged our ears and stung our eyes"
Their noses, shocked by my surprise,
Sneeze out a countless stream of "whys"
And yet no answer satisfies

"But you implored me to explain"
My fruitless pleas swirl down their drain
They clearly view me as a stain
A visual blot, a verbal pain

They call my folks. "Is this your son?"
Two nods. "Looks like he's having fun."
"That's not allowed." "Oh, guess we're done."
More inquiries my parents shun.

I'm questioned for the longest time
About the splash that cleansed my slime
Oh wondrous miracle sublime,
This baptism they call a crime!

They've excommunicated me
"Cured on a Sabbath. Heresy!"
He wet the clay. "Now wash," said He
And so I did, and now I see


This poem is based on events recorded in John's gospel, chapter nine, when Jesus spat in mud, placed it on the eyes of a man born blind, and sent him to wash in the pool of Siloam. He did as Jesus said and came out seeing, thus making quite a "splash" with the spiritually blind religious leaders of his day.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/12/13
This is a beautiful poem. You captured so much in your words and evoked all kinds of emotions in my heart.
Laury Hubrich 04/17/13
Who would have ever thought Jesus would have ever used mud to heal? :) Loved this poem:)
CD Swanson 04/17/13
This touched my heart. Beautifully written.

God bless~
Beth LaBuff 04/18/13
Nancy, this is a pure pleasure to read, the way it rolls of the tongue, totally appealing with meter, alliteration, word choices, and everything is topped with your powerful message. Simply amazing. Super congrats on your Editor's Choice award.
Christina Banks 04/19/13
Very interesting poem. Congratulations on your EC!
Bea Edwards 04/20/13
Fabulous prose! Savored it even more the second read through once I understood its context.
Congratulations on your EC placing.
Judith Gayle Smith04/20/13
Congratulations!
Claudia Thomason 04/22/13
Thoroughly enjoyable take on this Bible story. Great writing. Congratulations on your EC.