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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: The Short End of the Stick (02/20/14)

TITLE: How Must It Be
By Kenn Allan
02/26/14
~4th Place


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How must it be to share a life
Yet always stay unseen―
A mere observer, always there,
Denied to intervene?

A single plea o'er trembling lips
Would loose a knowing hand,
But silent brooding, nothing shared,
Brings naught to understand.

How must it feel to proffer gifts
Yet have them slapped aside―
Rejected by an anger spawned
O'er lesser things denied?

Intended treasures born of grace
With pleasures to impart
Are oft forgotten, shunned or lost
Within a bitter heart.

How must it ache to feel betrayed
By hearts that beat untrue―
To watch devotion realigned
To harlots found anew?

The carnal spirit wanders free
On journeys warped by lust
And seeks true love along the way
But only finds distrust.

How must it sound to hear the truth
Reviled when men converse
Or hear the name above all else
Diminished to a curse?

A darkness lurking in their soul
Retains no praise for light
And sacrifices, new and old,
Are foolish in their sight.

Have you ever searched your soul
And found a need for prayer,
Yet wondered how a mighty God
Can grasp one man's despair?

Before you offer up your pain
On pew or bended knee,
Imagine deep His tearstained eyes
And muse, "How must it be?"

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Sara Harricharan 03/02/14
The last verse is incredibly powerful, it really drives home the incredible emotion in this thought-provoking poem. I loved it! Great job and amazing title. Thank you for sharing!
CD Swanson 03/03/14
One word--- EXCELLENT!

God bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/06/14
Beautifully written with an awesome conclusion.
Beth LaBuff 03/06/14
Congratulations, Kenn, for your Editor's Choice award on this emotion-filled reader-challenging piece.
CD Swanson 03/06/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Lillian Rhoades 03/06/14
As always, Ken, a masterful piece. Glad to see you back in the game. Congratulations!
Ellen Carr 03/08/14
Congratulations, Kenn, for your 4th place win. It's well deserved for this lovely, rich poem so well-written.
Sharon Eastman03/11/14
I loved it. Made me wonder how God feels. You are an amazing talent. Congratulations