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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: The Warrior Poet
By Brian Haugrud
04/08/10


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The kid at the playground,
Had been caught in a fight.
He had beat up a kid,
Who swung at him first.

So he wandered the streets,
Till too late in the night.
To get out of his system,
His violent thirst.

It started with words,
An attack with the tongue.
Next it was paper,
An attack with the pen.

Then it got physical,
A trait of the young.
So sadly this happens,
Even to great men.

So what is more deadly?
The steel or the ink?
And what does more damage?
The word or the blade?

However you look,
They both make you stink.
And whatever is used,
A man wonít be made.

So dare I suggest,
A sword wound will heal?
But a wound with the pen,
Will go to the grave.

Itís forgiveness we need,
To make our fate seal.
Itís only through Christ,
Our soul can be saved.


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Mildred Sheldon04/15/10
Thank you for your lovely poem. Sword thrusts heal in time but written words cause scars that never heal.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/10
How very true that once the words are out they can never be taken back.
Karen Macor04/15/10
Good poem and excellent points.
AnneRene' Capp 04/16/10
Good message. Anger in whatever from it is acted out in...accomplishes only pain.

Like how you brought it all together about what does matter...Forgiveness and Salvation through Christ.
Joanne Cordaro04/16/10
I loved (LOVED) the lines, "so what is more deadly? The steel or the ink?". Powerful!
JGregory Evans04/16/10
Your poem is wonderful and has a beautiful message. I have actually begun to heal emotionally from a war era wound while in uniform. I thank-you from the depths of my Eternally Grateful heart. Please, continue writing!!
angelos2 wark04/17/10
Good job!
You are probably one of the few who took the stance of the pen causing more damage.

I like this very much.

It reminded me of Proverbs 18:19 "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city."

I have counselled some who were deeply wounded emotionally, because of the spoken word!

Thank you for this thought provoking piece.
Troy Manning04/18/10
Nice job w/ the momentum-building!
Jan Ackerson 04/19/10
Love your title!