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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)

TITLE: Humor To Some Is Cruelty To Others


Of the many souls who have crossed my path,
John stands out, as one who seldom laughed.
It wasn’t that he was a serious fellow,
it was his past that made him so mellow.

In his days of youth he was just like most,
finding all the reasons to brag and to boast.
But the ones who were not as popular as he
were subjected to the jokes of cruelty.

Some sensitive kids “got it” more than others,
and cried at night to their consoling mothers.
Others fought back and got strong and tough,
who were feared when announcing, “that’s enough.”

But there are always the ones that painfully endures
the criticism and isolation that being different ensures.
While overtly seeming to accept it with a grain of salt,
privately they are praying that it would soon come to a halt.

One day John heard a sermon about the treatment of brothers,
and soon made friends with those laughed at by others.
But there came a day when his commitment was put to the test.
when John forsook his new friend and joined in with the rest.

The next day the principal announced at the school,
a moment of silence for the one made to feel like a fool.
The boy who had been laughed at and then forsaken by John
Had taken his life, unwilling to go on.

For a long time John lived with a haunt,
of a guilt-ridden conscience that no one would want.
He knew that God would forgive him for the sins of his youth,
but still had to live with what he knew was the truth.

God has a way of making good out of the bad.
John has a message that can make others less sad.
When hearing the humorous words of a fool,
consider the feelings of others and the Golden Rule.

There was only one created to be just like you,
And in the eyes of the Maker you’re of great value, too.
He sent down His Son, to die for you,
And would have done this if it were only for you.

Laughter is good as it lifts up the heart.
And brings traces of light into a world turned dark.
But if hurting others is the result of our laughter,
We will give an account to their Maker in the life hereafter.

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Michelle Burkhardt04/19/07
This was fantastic! Well written. A winner in my book.
Emily Ritter04/21/07
The last two stanzas are really good. Thank you for your poem.
Joy Faire Stewart04/21/07
Great writing from beginning to the end, excellent message.
Jacquelyn Horne04/22/07
Good POV. Never laugh AT the expense of others. However, we need to learn to laugh WITH others. We will reach that happy medium if we follow Christ's leading. Good job.
Joyce Samuel04/24/07
Excellent! This is so beautifully written, with a nice flow. A valuable lesson too. It looks like a winner to me. Note stanza 4 line 1 though: 'But...always the ones that...endures'. It should've been 'endure'. Well done.
Ed VanDeMark04/25/07
There are two primary sources of humor, pain and joy. Yes humor can be cruel in the hands of a keen mind and a disturbed spirit but it can also be a gift from God. Please don't give up on humor. When you're in pain humor can help you through the hard times. When you're joyful humor is a prayer that thanks God for your wonderful life. Satan is a master of the counterfeit...his humor looks real but it is truly a fake that causes nothing but heartache. I've experienced God's grace through humor, both the humor that comes when I've experienced pain and when my life is full of joy. My heart goes out to all who have lived with the consequences of Satans counterfeit but know that God's genuine humor can bring about healing.