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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Smoldering Embers
By Marlene Bonney
10/05/06


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The news was quickly passed around
To anyone willing to hear;
Embellished details blew about,
Lingering ashes burning ears.

Every time it was repeated
The account rekindled and grew
Into a full raging fire
Of circumstances misconstrued!

No one bothered to check the facts,
As reality was jumbled.
Each one was content to exclaim
While truth was weakened, and crumbled.

Friendships were broken and destroyed
Because all started taking sides;
Peace was shattered and discord reigned
When values became compromised.

Words, like fires, grow with fanning
Rapidly turning explosive;
They damage all good in their paths;
Lingering on, they’re erosive.

Fabrications, when repeated,
Fuel those discontented fires,
Raking the smoldering ashes
And turning us into liars.

Fires and words both can be good,
Heating us with warmth and good cheer;
But both must be controlled with care
To sooth our bodies and our ears.

Lord, help us ever to be watchful
Of reckless words we pass along,
Checking validity of facts,
Squelching rumors and stifling wrong!


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david grant10/12/06
Very good poem with an vital message. Enjoyed it very much.
Benjamin Graber10/12/06
I like your creative use of the fire-fighter theme. And not only did you use good creativity, but you also shared some very important truths in this poem. Nice job!

Ben
Linda Watson Owen10/13/06
I really like the comparison of spoken words to fire! Very creative and hits home with every reader. With just a bit of work on smoothing out the rhythm in your lines you'll have a really wonderful poem here! Good job!!
Kaylee Blake 10/16/06
Awesome analogy between gossip and fire. Very creative. Keep up the great work!
Marilyn Schnepp 10/17/06
Loved the Title - and good job on the rhythym; a true poet with masteful message; So true about our tongue. As a poet myself, I know the effort that went into this. Nice job!
Monique Fox10/23/06
Please post more poems like this at my poetry group (Poetry and Poets of God):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/