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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Better Left Unspoken
By Shannon Parker
10/31/10


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These thoughts that seem to plague me and never leave my mind.
How could those who love me, speak words so unkind?
I didn’t want to believe it, nor did I want to hear,
But a “friend” of mine just had to spill these words into my ear.
So and so, said such and such about you today.
I wanted you to know so you could think of what to say.
Not knowing in her heart, my “friend” was damaging me more.
Not realizing the words that were said would be so hard to endure.
I could take these things and confront all of those who said or even heard.
In fact I could show them all how much these “words” really hurt.
What good could come from approaching them to justify untruth?
Yes, its hard and it hurts, but what good would it do?
Could I feel better letting them know how wrong they truly are?
Could I feel better if after confronting them, they step back, and look within their hearts?
What if instead of doing that, I choose to love them even more instead?
What if the kindness dealt to them got inside their head?
If inside their heads, it might trickle down into their hearts
Then the words that have been said would echo in their thoughts.
What if I choose to honor truth, that God’s word reveals to me
And choose to let the rumors crumble as love sets them free.
I have to know that His word is true above all said and done.
I have to choose to let not my wrath, go down with the sun.
I’m sure, if we allow, the Holy Spirit to lead our way
We would not forget how Christ endured all the things “people” had to say.
He knew they schemed and had loose lips when He was not around.
He chose compassion and loved them more without tearing them down.
That’s what I choose in all of this we call “normal” for this day.
Pray for them, and love them more as He leads their way.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
This poem is positively beautiful. Not an easy thing to do but what great advice!
Philip Barrington11/05/10
It was once told to me "hate the sin but love the sinner" I agree it is hard to do.
Jan Ackerson 11/06/10
Your poem reveals your tender spirit--nicely done.

Poems with very long lines are sometimes difficult to read. It might be better to space after each couplet or quatrain, or two divide each long line into two shorter ones.

Thanks for this sensitive poem!
Shannon Parker11/06/10
I agree with the spacing and I had done that but when I submitted it, it turned out the way it posted. I reveiwed it to! I don't know, but thank you for the comments and I would love for more critiquing on my other entries. I really want to write and make a career out of this..hopefully starting here helps! Blessings!