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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: The Calvary Chronicle
By Deborah Bauers


The Calvary Chronicle

Standing on a hill-three crosses
Signifying Roman shame.
From the left cross comes soft pleading,
From the right cross-scorn and blame.
In the middle, behold, Glory,
Hanging there upon a tree;
Bearing sin, though being sinless,
Bleeding, torn, in agony.

Down in front-a frenzied mocking;
"If you have the power to choose,
Then-come down-yourself deliver!
Prove you are the King of Jews!"
At the foot-a mother mourning
By her side-the Beloved John.
Looking down,Christ has compassion,
Whispering, "Mother, see thy son."

Darkening skies begin to thunder;
Shaking ground beneath the feet
Of the Roman soldiers standing,
Just beneath the mercy seat.
On the cross, the Savior speaking,
"It is finished!" is His cry.
Giving Father-God His spirit,
Jesus, the Messiah, dies.

Splitting ground and quaking hilltop;
Dead men seen about the night.
Frantic scurrying of the people,
Taking cover-filled with fright.
One Centurion weak with trembling
Calling on the Savior's name,
"Surely, this man was Messiah!
Surely, he has born our shame!"

Daylight breaking-three days later;
Women coming to the tomb
See the prophecy unfolding,
Christ, the first-fruit of death's womb.
Mary hears a stranger speaking.
"He is not among the dead.
Go and tell the one called Peter,
I have risen, as I said."

Glistening white-atop the steeple
Like a beacon in the night,
Standing tall-the cross of Jesus
Through 2000 years, its light
Offering hope for souls in darkness.
Painted, penned, and lifted high;
It remains a visual tribute
Til Christ splits the Eastern sky.


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Marilyn Schnepp 08/24/06
Beautiful! Just beautiful! What more can I say...I'm speechless. Great job!
Sue Dent08/24/06
I am soooooo glad I'm not a judge this week. Great rythm, great message, great JOB!
Birdie Courtright08/24/06
This was beautiful! Very poignant and just moved so well. Great job!
david grant08/25/06
Great job! One of my FAVS!
Dolores Stohler08/26/06
BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL POEM. But I would change one thing: leave out the dashes, they slow the flow of the poem and serve no good purpose.
Joanne Sher 08/26/06
This is just beautiful!! Wonderful rhyme, meter, message - everything! I also agree about removing the dashes, but that is the ONLY thing I'd change. Marvelous work!
Venice Kichura08/27/06
Excellent poem! This was just beautiful!
Julia May08/27/06
Awesome poetry. This one deserves a win. In Christ's Love,

Rita Garcia08/28/06
BEAUTIFUL!! Masterpiece!!
Edy T Johnson 08/28/06
Beautiful poetry proclaims the message. This is a keepsake to treasure.
Jan Ross08/28/06
Incredibly beautiful! Masterfully done ... a winner, for sure! :)
Jan Ackerson 08/28/06
I am so, so glad I finally found this one (and for the record, I still don't understand your first hint...LOL). Anyway, if I were judging, this one would get high marks across the board--it's nearly perfect. Put me in the "keep the dashes" camp, only I'd make them em dashes (--) instead. But poetry is intensely individual--do what seems best to you.

Have I mentioned...I LOVE this poem!
Pat Guy 08/30/06
Amen, and what a day that will be! What a joy to read such well written words that inspire praise and joy!
Joanne Malley09/03/06
Wow, Deb - this is beautiful. There's nothing to pick at; only praise to be given. This poem is nearly perfect in rhyme and meter with a truth and message that can't be denied. Great job! Jo
Stevie McHugh04/27/07
Biblically right on the nose, this is a beautiful rendering of the most important event in the history of mankind. Great work!