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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Sweet to the Taste (08/23/12)

TITLE: Good and Evil
By Janice Wappel


Good and Evil
Have you noticed that words like “sweet” or “sick” may mean something to one person, but something entirely different to someone else? One person might interpret “sweet” as something that is pleasing to the senses because it is a food rich in sugar and has the taste of honey. But, “sweet” can also mean evil or bringing pain to another person. Not long ago, I heard someone say “Oh, that was so sweet” in an excited voice. He was talking about a war movie and thought the movie was “sweet and sick” meaning it was awesome, gory and cool for his taste in movies.

Heroin can also be pleasing to the senses for an addict, and users sometimes think of their illegal drug as “candy” and their drug dealer as “the candy man.” Unfortunately, their drug becomes sweet to their taste and they become victims of collapsed veins, infectious diseases, HIV/ Aids, homelessness and utter hopelessness. Job 20:12 in the ERV says it like this: “Though evil is sweet in his mouth… he hides it under his tongue.” The CEV says: “Sinners love the taste of sin; they relish every bite.”

In spite of all the pain and suffering any type of addiction may bring, there is “HOPE” for the hopeless when they put their trust in Christ as their Lord. Psalms 147:11 reminds us that “The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love!”

I am your exotic narcotic
Extracted from a little poppy plant
Junkies say I’m like sweet revenge
Because I am a hedonistic delight

My victims include both young and old
Rich or poor - I do not care
So what if I get a glassy stare?
I’ll still be your castle in the air

Sometimes I betray the weak and the sick
They want to escape my slippery tricks
But, they are entrenched and going insane
I have become their devil’s walking stick

I will sell your sad and deranged ego
For it is my highest goal
To take you into a deep black hole
And never let go of my sweet population control

You might snort me and smack me
Or, shoot me up
But I won’t let go
Until I have taken your soul

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CD Swanson 08/31/12
Wow - profoundly penetrating. Nicely done.
God bless~
Mildred Sheldon08/31/12
So very true about heroine. Very deep and profound. Thanks for sharing and God bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/03/12
I think you did a brilliant job of thinking outside of the box. Who ever thought the day would come when sweet could be hurtful and sick cool? You did a nice job of really coming up with something original. It's not an easy subject to tackle but I liked what you did.
Danielle King 09/03/12
I agree with Shann above. This entry is different and a fresh take on the topic whilst conveying an important message.
Allison Egley 09/04/12
As others have said, this is a great take on the topic. I can't say I "like" the poem, but it is very well written, and all too true. Nice job.
Myrna Noyes09/04/12
Your "Heroin" poem tells such a tragic story! It may seem "sweet" at first try, but then its destructive nature is revealed. Good message in your writing!
CD Swanson 09/09/12
Congrats. God bless~