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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: The Conclusion of the Matter
By Linda Wright
09/15/08


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This weary world is running a race
For beauty, wealth and fame.
I dare not try to keep the pace
Of such a foolish game.

The quest for beauty is but vain...
'Tis only deep as skin.
With passing time it surely wanes,
Leaving emptiness deep within.

Men labor for possessions and wealth,
The seductive American dream!
They sacrifice family, friends and health--
A nightmare now it seems!

And loneliness dwells on the mountaintop
With the man who's captured fame.
Yet, he lives in fear for he cannot stop
The rise of another's acclaim.

This ancient game has many names,
Pride and Lust to name a few.
Each eager player takes his aim,
"I can, I shall, I do!"

Solomon ran a similar race,
Sought pleasure, toil and gold,
To show such as a worthless chase...
His story in Scripture is told.

For all that his hungry eyes beheld,
All that his heart desired,
Every pleasure--nothing withheld--
Was pursued, experienced, acquired.

"Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless!"
His cry when the race was o'er.
He, like others, found emptiness;
Surely there must be more!

He reached a conclusion from this noble quest,
Gleaned wisdom that set his mind to rest...
"Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is the whole duty of man."


Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless!
Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV

...Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV


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Joy Faire Stewart09/18/08
Love the message in the poem. Great job with the topic, very enjoyable.
Melanie Kerr 09/19/08
Great poem. I loved the reference to Ecclesiastes and "All is meaningless". Your last verse threw me because you changed the pattern and rhyme structure.
Yvonne Blake 09/20/08
Solomon was a wise man; he saw that our earthly life was nothing. Good poem.
vincent lyons09/21/08
Well constructed poem with a message that never grows old. Well done and may it be a blessing to all who read it. Vince.
10/23/08
"Meaningless! Meaningless!"...Good points brought out here in this poem, Linda...Were I a judge, I would immediately promote you OUT OF Beginner's. This is worthy of a higher category...Yes, we all need to take stock of our values in life...Many things we count necessary end up being "Meaningless! Meaningless!"...Thanks for the wonderful, timely advice--to set our goals higher than this life...May God bless you as you continue to live and write for Him...Helen
Lisa Johnson 09/11/09
Wow! This is great poetry...and a wonderful message about what really is and is not important in life. Thank you for your kind comment on my poem, I appreciate it.