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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)

TITLE: The Revival Tent
By Rachel Dorsey
11/15/10


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Loud feedback in the semi-darkness
Whispers in the seats, arms jostling
A thin arc of spotlight boldly shoot
Where the microphone stand is

The man clambered up the steps
Mopping sweat from his forehead
Bible nestled in the crook of his arm
He shielded his eyes from the glare

“Ahem… uh…” He coughed indelicately.
Throat cleared, words mumbled
People around him tittered like monkeys
Counting bananas in the jungle

The pastor in the front seat was indignant
His wife of twenty-nine years blushed
Neither knew what to do about the man
And both hoped this wouldn’t take long

The story came tumbling out like blocks
Slowly being built from the bottom up
Turns out the man was a reporter for
Morning Sun Weekly; a monthly newsletter

His boss had convinced him this revival
Was a sham and wanted him to run an expose
But since this was only the third night
So much, he claimed, changed within him.

First, he laughed it off- a mockery by an atheist.
Yet when he first heard the bountiful words
Of the Lord speaking through the preacher
No longer could the man scoff any more

Voice quavering while tears coursed down
As he recounted that fateful encounter
Of his conversion from unbelief to faith
His heart washed in the current of the Blood

This is truth, the man cheered with the Bible
Aloft in his right hand, like a pristine shield
The expose, He shall write, with all speed
Not of a sham but of a heart redeemed!

So shall the story be shared beyond
This little revival tent; far into the world
By pen and by radio, everywhere
If he so could, bring glory to God


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Nancy Bucca 11/19/10
I thoroughly enjoyed this poem. Well written, what a story! So true about the news media. And what a faith-inspiring message of a heart changed through Christ!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/19/10
I like the nice twist in this poem. I guess this is the best type of poetic justice:)
Jan Ackerson 11/20/10
Lovely!
Verna Mull 11/20/10
Even though this is a different style than I usually applaud, it was very well done, and carried a great message. I actually loved it as it is.
Brenda Rice 11/22/10
I really like this poem. Well written.
Melanie Kerr 11/25/10
Excellent. I loved the way that the journalist's story was revealed so slowly. Loved it!