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

TITLE: Psalm of a ready writer
By Joann Laporte


“My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer.” Psalm 45:1
As the solider charges into battle; sword in hand upon his horse, a ready rider.

My tongue cannot utter words worthy of your Majesty
How do I begin to address He who is all Royalty.

King of kings and Lord of lords
Master and Creator; My All and All.

My love for You Lord, are now words on this page
Creator of the Universe; Ancient of Days.

If I could sing in the tongues of angels I would
Yet I charge into the battle as a true warrior should.

Armed with pen, paper, and a ready heart
With strength and valor words I do impart.

Saddled on the back of words like swords defiantly drawn
That ushers in the battle before the breaking of dawn.

With the mighty pen as a sword in my hand
I pursue the enemy and take my stand at Your command.

So I charge into the battle wielding my sword
Mounted with the mighty pen and the shield of the Word.

Battles lines are drawn with red, blue or black ink
Evoking the war that makes men think.

Swiftly I disarm my enemy with a thought clearly expressed
Cutting off his head, penetrating his heart with the text.

Like rivers of living water the pen is an open spout
Exposing the heart and silencing the mouth.

For out of the abundance of the heart the pen does speak
Exposing the strong yet exalting the weak.

Reckless words pierce like the stoke of a sword
But the pen of the wise brings a healing word.

Ascribe to the Lord the honor due His name
Words that penetrate deeper than any double-edged blade.

Horse and sword have I not
But the ink of my pen no power can stop.

The wars of the heart are won with words aptly written
Not with blades of steal and mighty warriors soon forgotten.

Mighty in battle faithful to the end
That is the victory of the pen.

Not long forgotten and time cannot erase
It defies the enemy, time and space.

Its stain cannot be blotted; it reaches throughout eternity
On pages and heart now bound for all of history.

Still brandishing their swords skilled in combat armed with sword and shield
For the pen is living and active it cuts straight to the heart making men bleed.

And the fortresses that made you feel so safe now leveled with a stroke of the pen
Has silenced the beast and won the hearts of men.

“Now go and write down these words. Write them in a book. They will stand until the end of time as a witness.” Isaiah 30:8

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Amanda Brogan04/15/10
What an absolutely gorgeous poem! I love how you mix Scripture throughout the verses. As I am an ardent writer, the opening psalm you used has always been one of my favorites.

Would you mind if I kept a quote of the line: "Horse and sword have I not
But the ink of my pen no power can stop?" I love collecting quotes, and I would very much like to quote you on this one. :)
Maria Egilsson04/15/10
How apt is your title. This is psalm that exalts and challenges. Beautiful expressions used. Superb!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/10
A beautiful poem that definitely makes its point known.
Mildred Sheldon04/16/10
All I can say is AMEN! Superbly written and the title says it all. You did a wonderful job.