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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: A Tale of Two Christians
By Doug Apple
05/22/07


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There’s a man in court against a brother and a friend.
He once was offended, now the fighting never ends.

They used to sit in church, and they hung around together.
They formed a little business, and it couldn’t get much better.

The money started flowing, and their social circle grew.
They both had brand new houses, and their wives were happy too.

But money’s a divider when you start to add it up.
When you think of all the work you’ve done, just half is not enough.

You get a little edgy when your partner is away.
“Why, he’s out on vacation while I’m stuck at work all day.”

“I don’t think it’s fair,” he said, while typing up a letter.
“Even my attorney sees that I deserve better!”

“50-50’s how we started. But that was way back then.
Now I am doing all the work, and all you do is spend!”

Funny thing, the other guy thought he deserved more, too.
Now their friendship is a war zone and their business is a zoo.

The whole thing ended up in court - the judge, a Christian man.
He had a lot of wisdom, and he had a Christian plan.

“Could this be settled out of court?” he asked the men one day.
“For believers having problems, God’s designed a better way.”

“What’s that?” they said. The judge now had their interest running high.
“Let’s handle this at church,” he said. “Our pastor’s very wise.”

“At church? But this is business,” they said full of skepticism.
The judge looked down upon them both. “Where better to find wisdom?”

So they handled it at church and, as you guessed, it worked out fine.
It cost a lot less money and it took a lot less time.

And amazing as it sounds, I hear their friendship was restored.
Funny how that happens…when we listen to the Lord.




(Inspired by First Corinthians chapter six.)


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Sheri Gordon05/24/07
I like this. Nice writing, and good rhythm.
Jacquelyn Horne05/24/07
Good moral story here in this little poem.
Rhonda Clark05/26/07
I like this. Wonderful view of how Christians should handle their problems. Great work.
Kenn Allan05/26/07
A good morality tale; it's a shame how many times money and/or power can spoil a relationship when substituted for God - the judge of the universe.
LaNaye Perkins05/27/07
You did an awesome job of telling a story with your poem. Well done.
Valerie Routhieaux05/27/07
Well written. More people should heed this bit of wisdom
Sherrie Jackson05/28/07
This sounds like it may have happened in your life. I really like the last line the most - I'm sure all of us can think of countless times when we or someone we know didn't listen to the Lord but in pride went our own way. Never a good idea. Great job!
Benjamin Graber05/30/07
This is a neat little story sharing an important message. Good job!
Sheri Gordon05/31/07
Congratulations. I'm glad to see you won -- I really enjoyed this poem. Good job.
Mo 05/31/07
Very nice!