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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Nibs of Tine
By Maria Egilsson


“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a truth that I seek; a metonymic adage or a figure of speech? The pen is so small, an insignificant thing, yet in the hands of a writer, a most wonderful thing. With scribbles of thought that’s transcribed and engraved; ideas of ink is how history’s made. Nibs of tine deposit their ink, a fountain of thought to make the world think. Weapons of war or weapons of words a rhetorical question of which I have heard. Blades of steel or tips with ink which is mightier do I think? Not costly to buy is the pen for its use its point is made by not only the youth. Wars have a cost that is measured in blood the destruction of which is well understood. With flexing of tine and pressure filled strokes the pen is a weapon of everyday folks. In war it’s a weapon the Metaphor said and in peace it’s a tool, nothing to dread. The truth that I seek is plain to see, the pen is mightier if you ask me.

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AnneRene' Capp04/15/10
Clever, simple and packed with thought. Also learned a new word...Nibs :)
Amanda Brogan04/15/10
Beautifully written! What would make this lovely poem even better is if you divided the rhyming verses into lines. Other than that, it practically perfect. :)
Theresa Santy 04/15/10
Magnificent poetic writing! I loved this thought-provoking piece, which masterfully utilizes showing rather than telling. My favorite line is: Blades of steel or tips with ink which is mightier do I think? The message was heavy, yet the writing, the prose, was light and airy, and I felt like I was skipping through a flowered meadow.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/10
You took the topic very literally but turned it into a beautiful poem. The words you spoke are quite true and you did a beautiful job of expressing yourself.
Jan Ackerson 04/19/10
This is quite lovely!

I'd love to see it formatted more like a typical poem.

Looking forward to reading more from you in future challenges!
Sarah Elisabeth 04/19/10
Great to have you in the challenge, Maria! And with a very nicely done poem! I would recommend formatting it as a poem to make the impact even greater.

Awesome :-)
Gerald Shuler 04/19/10
I won't mention formatting it as a poem... oops, sorry, I mentioned it.

Really, this poem was a delight to read. You have a good grasp of how to use your words. You will do well writing for these challenges.
Karlene Jacobsen04/19/10
I love the rhythm in this poeitic prose. Welcome to the challenge! Looking forward to seeing more.
Mona Purvis04/19/10
Maria, I like the way you think. Teasing the words onto the page. Your style here draws the reader into the debate. Looking forward to more from you.

Barbara Lynn Culler04/19/10
Good job on your first entry! I really liked the rhymes.
Patricia Herchenroether04/19/10
Very lovely poetry-When I saw it,I thought it was a short story, but sang through a flowing poem instead. Wonderful entry.
Joan Campbell04/20/10
This is very lovely. I see alot of people suggested you format it into lines and I would agree. In the format you wrote it, I found myself rushing through it, like one reads a paragraph. Breaks would allow pauses for thought - something which your lovely writing deserves. Excellent job!
Virgil Youngblood 04/20/10
Very creative and insightful. Well done.
Catrina Bradley 04/20/10
You really know how to use words to show your thoughts. Fabulous writing, and I love the rhymes throughout.
Maria Egilsson04/20/10
I will promise each of you
To break my lines
In poems so true

Comments kind I read
And to them I give heed.

So my thanks I give to you
I will learn when this is through.

I appreciate the time
you have taken with my rhyme.
Beth LaBuff 04/20/10
You know, you did a really good job with this. You have a great rhythm/meter and rhyme. I look forward to reading more of your work!
Marita Thelander 04/21/10
Welcome to the addiction of The Challenge. Tips and tricks will come as you get your feet under you. Great job of jumping in with your gift of words.
angelos2 wark04/22/10
Outside of the formatting, I thought it was great!

They say that repetition is good for the soul. That's the only reason that I reiterated on the format.

You are very talented!