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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)

TITLE: The Story
By Anna Raymond
04/08/09


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“Upper room” is what it was called. It was where we all sat
Down to sup with our Lord and leader. It was where we gave
Up our praises to the Father in Heaven.

Downward He directed His face as He solemnly broke bread.
Upward He lifted in thanks. Then told us to partake of his body.
Down the line we all took a piece and ate. Then was the cup.
Up that went in thanks to the Creator. That, He said, was a symbol of His blood.

Down in the garden He went to pray. He asked us to stay
Up with Him because He felt so alone…so betrayed. How His sweat fell
Down to the ground and we could see His blood.

Up from His feet he came and was greeted by the disciple.
Down upon his face came the kiss of betrayal. Sadly He looked
Up into his face because He knew. Into the hands of the centurions He was beat
Down into humility and shame.

Up on a cross He was nailed and raised on the hill. His blood flowed
Down from His crown of thorns to his torn feet. How the mixed cries went
Up to either Heaven or to Him, for mercy or for scorn.

Down He gazed at me and asked in His weakness, to look after His mother.
Upward He shouted to His Father and pleaded for His accusers to be pardoned.
Downward came the tears of His mother, disciples, and the thief at His side.

Up He gave the ghost.
Down He was taken from the cross. Then on the blessed third day
Up he arose!


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Yvonne Blake 04/09/09
Very creative!

I like how you wrapped the sentences around to make each line begin with "UP" or "DOWN".

Well done!
Joy Faire Stewart04/11/09
Unique writing on the miraculous Easter story. Great job!
Sunny Loomis 04/11/09
I like this! Very good portrayal of those events. I especially like the last UP. Nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 04/11/09
Excellent use of enjambment in this seasonal poem. Well done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/12/09
With your excellent word choices, you presented a wonderful Easter sermon. I like poetry, and I really liked this one.
Beckie Stewart04/15/09
With just celebration Easter, this was a great entry for the topic as well as the season.
Chely Roach04/15/09
This was creative and lovely. Well done!
LauraLee Shaw04/16/09
Love the powerful message here, and Right ON with the topic. Powerful writing!
Deborah Porter 04/24/09
Hi Anna. I'm a week late, but wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, "The Story," actually did very well in the Up and Down Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 1, placing 9th in that Level. There were a lot of entries for this topic, and competition in Level 1 is always very intense, so well done.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=25204

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Again, well done! :-)

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)