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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: Are Good and Bad Cowboys?
By Holly Hayes
05/10/09


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Are Good and Bad Cowboys,
In a showdown at high noon, a winner and a loser,
One with a shiny silver badge, a hero, reliable, trustworthy,
The other a shadowy, dark, forbidden, foreboding and maybe…enticing figure…

Are Good and Bad Two Sides of the Same Coin,
Diametrically opposed yet inseparable, co-existent but irreconcilable,
Twirling, twirling at the flick of a finger,
Decided by fate, chance, statistical probability, natural selection…

Are Good and Bad Changelings,
Swirls of black and white paint or chocolate and vanilla cake mix,
Merging together in shades of gray or muddled brown,
Shifting in appearance according to the light, location, time, circumstances…

Are Good and Bad Fence-Posts,
Crossable boundaries between cultures,
Markers of membership, establishing guidelines, setting expectations,
Differentiating between the acceptable and the illicit,
Juxtaposing freedom and captivity, domesticity and the wild…

Are Good and Bad
Weights and measures,
Qualifying, quantifying, packaging, labeling, identifying, us and them,
Giant equations, allotting extra credit, deducting points, summing up lives,
Determining eternal destinies…

Are Good and Bad
Attitudes, Actions, Characteristics, Categories, Ideals, Illusions,
or,

Are Good and Bad Shrapnel,
Cleverly disguised decoys, debilitating distractions,
Screaming hot pieces of metal, piercing, cruel, disfiguring, deadly shards,
Wicked and effective weapons of warfare, waged against,
The Truth.


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Allison Egley 05/17/09
I liked this. You did a great job presenting the various views of "good" and "bad."

A few words were capitalized that probably didn't need it, but it didn't detract from the entry.

Great job. Keep writing!
Yvonne Blake 05/19/09
Interesting thoughts! I think you need the word "there" in your title and first line of each stanza.
"Are There Good and Bad Cowboys?"
Keep writing.
Myrna Noyes05/19/09
This is a very interesting piece, and you have a definite way with words! I especially liked the description of the coins:

"Diametrically opposed yet inseparable, co-existent but irreconcilable,
Twirling, twirling at the flick of a finger,
Decided by fate, chance, statistical probability, natural selection"

Your ending was good, too!
Jana Kelley05/21/09
Great job!!! Yea!!! I like it!