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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)

TITLE: You're Choice
By christine bastow
08/28/07


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Youíre Choice


Fearful of what
Fearful of whom
Fearful of everything
Even fearful of you

Whatís going to happen?
Whatís up ahead?
Worried about everything
In the news that is read

Scared of the sun
Scared of the rain
Scared of the ozone
Who is to blame?

Frightened of truth
Frightened of lies
Frightened of terrorists
Where are those spies?

Afraid of the future
Afraid of the past
Afraid of the moment
Thatís moving so fast

Anxious about bird flu
Anxious about aids
Cancer and heart attack
Are just a few of the plagues?

Our health system is suffering
Itís awful to see
That doctors and nurses
Are being hired from overseas

Aged care is something
We all have to face
So letís treat our elders
With mercy and grace

The teens in our nation
Have a problem with drugs
Itís causing major violence
Turning them into thugs

As interest rate rise
And house prices soar
Our nation will divide
Between the rich and the poor

Apprehensive of the government
About to get in
We need a political party
That wonít allow sin

You can remain fearful
That is your choice
But I ask you to cry out to God
With one loud voice

Be fearless for our nation
And fall to your knee
Then pray that our country
Remain the land of the free


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Sherrie Jackson09/05/07
Talk about on topic - there was the idea of fear in every line until the end, where you gave a great message. There's so much to fear these days, and you hit on a LOT of it. How can we not 'stay tuned' to the Lord?

Great poem, it read like a song for me. :-)
Peter Stone09/05/07
Quite delightful - our culture certainly fears just about everything and you've hit on so many of them here.
Note - 'Your Choice' and not 'You're Choice' also 'interest rates rise'
Linda Watson Owen09/05/07
Oh, yes, you certainly did target the topic! Every line pulled your reader right along to the next too. A little polishing on rhythm and it will be a super poem! I enjoyed this one. Keep writing and being a blessing!
David Butler 09/06/07
Nothing to be embarrassed about in this one. A strong message well spoken.
There are now no rules in poetry - so I've been told - so maybe the variation in rhythm is no problem. Nonetheless, many might say that consistency of style is important. The debate goes on.
Phyllis Inniss 09/06/07
I enjoyed this poem. You handled it exceeding well, showing the many reasons for fear, not only in your country but worldwide. The message at the end points to our Hope.
c clemons09/06/07
Very nice. Other than the typo in the title (which I am sure you know by now)an excellent commentary in prose form, keep up the good work.