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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purple (11/05/09)

TITLE: That Day
By Deborah Caruso
11/06/09


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That day, it lay in the king’s court
No one was wearing it
It was suddenly snatched up
By a strong man’s hand

He showed the robe to all the others
He yelled out loud
“This robe is the robe
He shall wear on his last day!”

They took the purple robe
Put it on the beauty of man
The beauty that lives within them
Today, beyond recognition

He had been brutally beaten
With many stripes
He was a man of sorrows
He was despised and rejected

They all cried out, “Crucify him!”
But what had this man done?
The beating had been severe
The flesh had been ripped

Off his back, he stood there bleeding
Dried blood and blood still flowing
Drops of blood
Fell into peaceful eyes

From the wounds caused by
A crown of thorns
It had been crushed
Deep into his skull

How could he be so peaceful still?
In the midst of such chaos
In the midst of hatred and scorn
He was an innocent man

He didn’t fight back
He didn’t answer back
They placed the purple robe
Upon his torn back

They yelled out,
“Hail King of the Jews”
They mocked him
They spit on him

They hit him
They led him
To their leader
The leader tried to convince him

He had the power to free him
But the beautiful man
Had his trust
In a much higher power

The leader didn’t want to
Crucify him
But to appease the anger
He allowed the crucifixion

The soldiers put the man’s
Clothes back on him
He would be in the middle
Of two thieves

One on his left
The other on his right
He carried his cross
To the place called the skull

The leader wrote the title
“Jesus of Nazareth
The King of the Jews’
The leader declared

‘What I have written
I have written’
As beauty hung upon the cross
He cared for his mother

He forgave a thief
He spoke, “I thirst’ before
Giving up the ghost
The soldier, who pierced his side

Witnessed blood and water gushing out
Now what God had written
Was being completed right before him
The words written

“Then I said, `Look
I have come to do your will,
O God just as it is written
About me in the Scriptures.”

“A bone of him shall not be broken’
‘They shall look on him whom they pierced’
The robe wasn’t the only thing
That hung on his back

This world’s sickness and pain
All of its sins were there too
The purple robe had already been
Thrown down, cast aside

Before they led him to that place
But that robe had covered
The Jewel of Heaven
It had dressed the
Prince of Peace that day

Hebrews 10:17, John 19 Isaiah 53


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Mildred Sheldon11/12/09
What a beautiful poem. So descriptive and that day. Christ's conduct on that day gives us a clue as to how we should live. Thank you for such a gripping poem.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/14/09
Griping prose. Good job.