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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Beggar, just a beggar, just believe
By Tim Pickl
05/18/07


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Beggar, just a beggar, just believe

Roman soldiers ransacked our home when I was just born--
They took my older brother right up off of the floor...
My father tried to stop them and then they took him, too--
My mother screamed in anger and fear and I cried too

That night the Roman soldiers were going to take me away:
They thought I was a first-born son they had orders to slay...
As my father fought with them over my little body,
They dropped me and I started to bleed

He's just a beggar, begging to receive
He's just a beggar, begging to believe
Look past his outward expression
Look on him with compassion
Beggar, just a beggar
Just believe

For many years, mother took care of me the best she could--
I never really appreciated her sacrifice or understood...
As I got older I couldn't walk or run or leap or dance,
When she took me to the temple I begged God for another chance

He's just a beggar, begging to receive
He's just a beggar, begging to believe
Look past his outward expression
Look on him with compassion
Beggar, just a beggar
Just believe

I was down and depressed the week my mother passed away--
And my friends carried me to the temple again to beg,
When two men walked up to me and one of them said,
"Look at us!" Expecting something, I raised my head--

"I donít have any money for you. But Iíll give you what I have:
In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!Ē

He took me by the right hand and lifted me up--
My feet and ankles were instantly healed--I could walk!
Walking, leaping, and praising God I went into the temple
"I'm healed! I'm healed! I've been made whole!"

He's just a beggar, begging to receive
He's just a beggar, begging to believe
Look past his outward expression
Look on him with compassion
Beggar, just a beggar
Just believe
Beggar, just a beggar
Just believe
Just believe...

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that Name...


Reference: Acts 3 NLT


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Jacquelyn Horne05/25/07
Nice parable of how the beggar's story might have been.
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
This is cool. Love the pov.
Donna Emery05/27/07
Very good! I loved the repetition here; so like the way a beggar repeats his chant over and over. Good work
dub W05/28/07
Really liked how the POV and repetition caried the poem. Thanks.