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

TITLE: within a garden
By Kevin Rodgers
05/21/07


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within a garden

deep within a garden
lies a rocky tomb
not very large
barely any room

a man was placed here
within hours of his death
but awoken days later
to take another breath

a huge stone that blocked its entrance
served as a door without a key
until an angel rolled it back
for the watching guards to see

the soliders were sent here
their job, to guard this place
but now they each stood
with fright upon their face

fear overcame them
at the sight of such a scene
angels illuminated
by a bright white beam

the soliders fled the garden
into the city they ran
to meet the chief priests
who devised a clever plan

tell no one what you saw
the priests told each one
then gave them some money
was he really GOD’s son?

the angels sat waiting
inside the tiny tomb
as some women walked up
and peered into the room

the man they called “master”
his body was gone
his grave clothes remained
left all alone


the women started crying
but the angels said “no”
do not be afraid
for he said he must go

his father called him
to die on the cross
but now he is risen
and hope is not lost

go and tell the others
the angels replied
the women then left
and ran as they cried

they found the home
with the disciples inside
and told them their story
“he is alive!”

the men heard their words
and did not believe
but two men left the room
and to the tomb, ran to see

the younger reached first
but did not go inside
until the other caught up
and passed him right by

the tomb lie empty
just as the women said
and they saw the linen
that had covered his head

it now lie neatly folded
still glowing like the sun
a symbol signifying
that his work was now done

death could not keep him
the tomb is empty, you see
this man, i call savior,
is alive within me


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Jacquelyn Horne05/24/07
Glorious account of the resurrection.
Donna Emery05/25/07
very nice account of the familiar resurrection story.
David Butler 05/26/07
Quite unique. Never heard the resurrection story told like this before. Narrative poetry is quite a challenge, especially if you use rhyme. Good effort.
Interesting use of lower case. The scant use of punctuation seemed to work well, too.
Rhonda Clark05/27/07
Great thoughts about the resurrection. Good work.
Patty Wysong05/28/07
Very nice! I love the line, 'hope is not lost.' This paints a clear picture as you walk us through the events. Good job!
Marilyn Schnepp 06/23/07
Very impressive. Loved it! A couple of helpful hints - the second verse..."awakened" or "awoke" would have done better than your "awoken"...and lie and lay in the end needs a little fixing - but otherwise, Kevin, this is a terrific piece of work. Keep up the good work! "Go to Intermediate Level - do not pass Go!" (talk to you in the USA/AL thread on the Boards) Great Job here!