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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

TITLE: The Curse of Fame
By Kimberly Miller


He is rejected and despised; He is unwanted and denied. He is ridiculed and defamed; He is mocked and called names. He is demeaned and attacked as He's stabbed in the back. He's a Man of great fame- do you perhaps know His name?

Man twists His identity and perverts the purpose and intent of His words. If you're found not a hater, you're just a complacent spectator. In the midst of the crowd He knows few friends, most only follow His footsteps if it ensues them gain in the end. He is used and misused again and again; man seems to just want the benefits that come from His hand.

Are we concerned that He's weeping? Are we aware of His grieving? Do we know of His anger and the reasons why He's seething? Are we in tune to His heartbeat and the thoughts in His mind? Are we concerned enough to ask Him about His feelings and desires? Do we ever let Him speak for a moment or ask what He wants? Do we forget that He has a heart and He knows sufferings like us? He's a Man of great fame; He's a man of great praise; He's more than just a Man accustomed to center stage.

He's the topic of debate on every TV Show, if you're a follower of football He even beats Tim Tebow. Like a sword He divides men into two bands, you're either for Him or against Him-on which side do you stand? His platform is greater than all politicians; His influence spreads broader than all entertainments. But this Man of great fame is not esteemed as most men, this Man of great praise continues to defy all trends.

For when one has fame men seem to envy, and when one has fame men are quick to hate them. Their heart is veiled and their personhood uncertain, for ones perception of them is based upon another's perspective. The window they're seen through is clouded with smog; the mirror revealing them is hidden by fog. They long to be desired in the depths of their being, but stardom and media hinder such things. They ache to be sought after and pursued with delight, their friendship is priceless, of substance, not trite. How this Man of great fame is weary of the crowd, this Man of fame is seeking lovers even now.

He calls to the simple, "Come in here and eat free!" But the simple do not want Him nor do the rich with great blessings. They look at His home and do not like the fare on the table; poverty and sufferings are not their kind of cravings. So this Man of great fame, this Man of great praise, is never truly wanted, it's only the things He has that men want. The curse of fame leaves Him with naught but deep sorrow, it seems sheep only like the picture seen on TV and not His true personhood revealed.

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C D Swanson 05/18/12
WOW! This was an extremely brilliant piece. I loved this entire entry. I was taken in and read it three times. Each time, I enjoyed it more.

Clever thoughts, wrapped up in prolific truths...Powerful, and compelling. Excellent job.

Thank you.

God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/19/12
This is a beautiful poetic piece. You did such a nice job with the rhymes and flow. Your message is a great one with many questions we should ask ourselves often.
Patsy Hallum05/19/12
Wow is the only adjective that fits this. I hope this gets picked up by a devotional book company!
Marina Rojas05/20/12
This gave me a visual of a young "hip hop" poet speaking these truths in front of an audience in a crowded upbeat coffee house! It would surely bring the house down!

I would call it Christian Slam Poetry...very direct and in your face and just awesome!

Wonderful piece of prose!
Jody Day 05/22/12
Very well done! Certainly not a beginner. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/24/12
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level one!