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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: Came a Man
By Paul Cherry
08/10/06


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in the valley of lost souls
lived the hearts as black as coal
looking for the peace was lost
never mind the care or cost

came a man so strong and bold
to tame the hills and warm the cold
he offered life and water came
he cured the sick and walked the lame

this man was love though walked alone
through the valley of dry bone
and to these dead he breathed new life
to free these mortals from their strife

throughout the valley to those who came
he took away their lives of shame
he took them up the mountain high
he spread their wings and made them fly

he gathered those who bared his name
and sent them out to do the same
and in this valley the stench of death
came new life came new breath

but then one night they barely knew
in the midst of valley dew
came a man - his very own
to betray and to disown

and with a kiss they ran away
it seemed the valley would decay
those who wanted him to die
tore their coats and shouted lies

they stripped him bare and ripped his skin
but with each whip died another sin
they raised him up for all to see
they watched him die they watched him bleed

when he was dead they took him down
wrapped in cloth and removed his crown
though earth shook and thunder pealed
they laid him in a tomb and sealed

they went away to weep and mourn
their spirits troubled - hearts forlorn
but on third day the women went
to treat the body with spice and scent

but to their shock and their dismay
the tomb was empty - no body lay
to the women an angel said
Jesus rose from the dead

they ran away to spread the word
that Jesus really was their Lord
soon the others would find out
their time was coming to good news shout

through the valley went the news
that with this man no soul would lose
eternal life - his sacred gift
to crush the mountains and valleys lift

so come to him all you who thirst
those who live their lives accursed
come with empty hand and cup
he’ll fill your soul and raise you up


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Virginia Gorg08/17/06
Nicely done with a sing-song tune. I like your descriptions. :)
william price08/19/06
Very nice. My favorite line, "they stripped him bare and ripped his skin
but with each whip died another sin."
God Bless.
Amy Michelle Wiley 08/19/06
I like it. There were a few spots that made me stumble, but otherwise very nicely done! My favorite lines are
"He took them up the mountain high,
He spread their wings and made them fly"
Julia May08/19/06
This is good. I liked it. In His Love,

Julia