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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: The Nobleman
By Keturah Alvin


“How dare you refuse to bow to me -
A nobleman of the highest honor.
Instead, you choose to disobey the King.
Do you wish to be torn asunder?”

There was no fear in his eyes
As he refused to comply
His head was held high
As if unfazed he could die

“Who is this guy?”

A Jew? Aw – He’s a Jew.
All right then. I have evil plans for you.”

“Not only will you die,
But your people will die too.
None will be spared.
Now tell me -
What will you do?”

Still no fear in his eyes
And obviously no intent to comply
He would not bow
Despite threats that many would die

This enraged the nobleman
As evidenced by his scorn
His position would not be squandered -
This man must be put to death
Along with his people no less
“But by what means?” he pondered.

He convinced his trusting King
To approve a decree
To destroy this people with “the blitz” -
But what he didn’t know
As he was orchestrating this blow
God’s favor was already in the midst

See - this story began
When from the tribe of Benjamin
Came Mordecai and his cousin Esther
Whom he raised as his own
Because her parents were gone
It wasn’t just a kind gesture

She became Queen to King Xerxes
This is true
But what he didn’t know
Was that she was a Jew

So while the nobleman was boasting
About his wealth and position
He still was not satisfied
So he continued his requisition

To take the life of another
In ardent pursuit of revenge
But first he must report
To a banquet prepared by the Queen

Surprise Surprise
No more disguise
“My King, I am a Jew -
Condemned to die.
I pray you spare my life,
And the lives of my people too.”

She exposed the nobleman
As a vile and wicked man
Whose hatred for another
Got radically out of hand

Haman established his own fate
And was now condemned to die
On those seventy-five foot gallows
He prepared for Mordecai

Based on the book of Esther

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Jan Ackerson 02/21/08
Great choice of Bible story for this week's topic!

I had a hard time with the rhyme scheme and meter of this poem--just when I thought it was established, it changed, making the read a bit jumpy for me.

This is one of my favorite stories, and it was fun to read it in poetic form.
Yvonne Blake 02/21/08
(smile) I almost chose this story, too.
I could see that you were attempting to make a rhyming pattern, but it wasn't consistent. You were on the right track, and with a little more effort I think it could have flowed better.
Good job!
Marlene Austin02/22/08
Unique style. Good job. :)
Glynis Becker 02/23/08
Good job. Work on the rhythm a little and this will be great!
Jacquelyn Horne02/25/08
A few meter problems. Nevertheless, a good story told in poetic form.
LauraLee Shaw02/26/08
Wow, I enjoyed this toe-tapper. GREAT word choices and very creative for the topic. Nicely done.