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

TITLE: Reminiscences of a Roman Soldier
By Colin Swann
05/23/07


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I saw him there – that man Jesus.
I had seen brave men before:
Brave men in battle, brave men dying,
Brave men laughing, brave men crying,
But, I had never seen the likes – of that man Jesus.

Watched fellow soldiers thump steel spikes
Into his hands, feet and side.
I watched fellow soldiers laugh and mock
And spurn and spit and him deride.
But, not a murmur nor cry – from that man Jesus.

Unjust death – for that man Jesus.
Saw his eyes look in my soul;
Made me feel remorse – to run – to hide;
But saw his love for me and all;
Forgiveness – that wouldn’t chide - from that man Jesus.

Death was dark – for that man Jesus.
Friends were few in that dark place.
Made him to suffer more than need be,
Made him appear to be disgraced;
Yet, death seemed a victory – for that man Jesus.

“It is finished,” was that man’s cry.
Words of hope these seemed to be;
Spoke to me of a new beginning,
Giving life and a faith to me.
By these words was my winning – to that man Jesus.


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Patricia Trimarchi05/25/07
I liked this a lot...great thought... We usually put ourselves in the place of one who was there for the love of Him...but this is great coming from the view of one who "Had" to be there and was one of the "crucifiers"...and in the midst of the scene before him, saw the truth...Very beautiful,Thankyou! Pat Trimarchi
Donna Emery05/25/07
very touching and poignant. I liked seeing this POV. Well done
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
Great thoughts. I really like this view of the death of Jesus. Makes me think.
Jacquelyn Horne05/26/07
Wonderful account of what might have been.