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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: Christian Poetic Humor
By Dr. Joe K. Reed
04/16/11


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Homeless Vagrant seeking a handout.
“Alms for the Poor,” he continues to shout.
With tattered clothing, just about rags.
Sleeps in cardboard box and plastic bags.

With liquored breath shouting his plea.
Yuck - black rotten teeth so easy to see.
My Christian mind says, “I should help him out.”
On the other hand, “Get a job you dropout.”

Thinking, thinking, what to do?
Should I give him bills and maybe change too?
Probably doesn’t want a check or credit card.
Glad all life’s decisions are not this hard.

He is one of God’s creations, so account for that.
And it’s cold outside, he could use a hat.
With a warm coat he could snuggle inside.
Wonder if he’s hungry? Does he need a ride?

So sad to see, poor old thing.
Don’t think he’s married, not wearing a ring.
What Would Jesus Do? Surely give him some.
But I’m not Christ, “So Stuff it you Bum.”


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Nancy Bucca 04/23/11
What a sad but true commentary on prevailing views! The ending line "Stuff it you bum" speaks volumes. Good job!
Mildred Sheldon04/25/11
Your poetry is very well written and the rhyme is spot on. The subject of the poem is so true of human nature and the last line spoke volumes.