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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Missile-Quencher
By James Donovan
10/05/06


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The Missile-Quencher

As a young man Tom heard, the Good News in God’s Word,
So he reached out in faith, and believed it,
For many years after, through both sorrow and laughter,
His goal was maturing in Christ, and he achieved it,

Then it happened one year, that many things he’d held dear,
One by one, from his life, were subtracted,
Much like Job of old, his circumstances turned cold,
But instead of turning to God, Tom reacted,

By hardening his heart, and allowing Satan to impart,
Seeds of bitterness, hatred, and resentment,
Vowing to never seek God, but upon precious things trod,
Believing revenge was his path to contentment,

As the years passed by, we need not ask why,
Tom’s heart grew colder and colder,
Living for sin every day, produced a life in disarray,
His former flames of love, just a smolder,

Since we reap what we sow, letting hellfire’s winds blow,
Through his heart, mind, and soul, paid its due,
Of sorrow and heartache, and other fruit of the Snake,
All geared to quench the Truth, he once knew,

The fiery darts of hell, Tom had come to know well,
But how to become free, an elusive adventure,
In repentance and dread, he at last, knelt by his bed,
Unaware of the presence of the “Missile-Quencher”,

As he called on God through tears, he suddenly felt his fears,
Flee away, like the fog from bright sunshine,
In their place, with great speed, God gave a word for him to heed -
“Deliverance will come through this Word of Mine”,


Tom took faith’s shield, and immediately began to wield,
The sword of the Spirit against Satan’s lies,
Daily reading his Bible, he found the devil was liable,
To run when confronted with words so wise,

Now, when temptations come, although they’re not fun,
Tom knows how to make them a bit lighter,
He calls on the Lord, and uses the Spirit’s Sword,
Always trusting in his heavenly "Fire-fighter."


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Sara Harricharan 10/12/06
Quite a story woven in there! The last line was great and the title is catchy.
Jan Ackerson 10/12/06
This poem tells a great story, and has some wonderful elements--I especially liked the internal rhyme in the 1st and 3rd lines of each stanza. I was tripped up a bit by the meter, which was so close. I'd encourage you to go with a metric scheme of 12, 10, 12, 10 syllables--that could be done with just a bit of editing. Super!
Donna Emery10/13/06
A good story. Well told!
Betty Castleberry10/16/06
I like the way this poem comes full circle. The rhythm is not perfect, but it's a very nice read anyway. Good job!
Joanne Sher 10/18/06
Very well done!! I agree with the suggestions above, but was QUITE impressed with the storyline and wonderful job you did of portraying it!