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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)

TITLE: The Preacher of Witch Spell Hill
By Sandra Petersen
12/05/06


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The story’s told of Witch Spell Hill
Atop its windswept height,
About a homeless drunken wretch
Who finally saw the light.

Among the other homeless men
His name commanded fear.
They kept their distance, rarely spoke,
Though why was never clear.

He wandered to the Mission Hall
On numerous occasions,
Took his meal and mocked the man
Who offered up oblations.

He came to eat but left with more
Upon one fateful day
When Bill, the wretch of Witch Spell Hill,
Heard the preacher say,

“If you are tired of fighting life,
And long to have some hope,
If you are dying and afraid,
And don’t know how to cope,

I know Someone Who’s strong to save.
His Name is Jesus Christ.
If you would come and pray with me,
He’ll rearrange your life.”

Bill considered what was said,
And what he had become.
He took a step, then two and three,
Toward the podium.

Bill, now changed like Saul of Tarsus
When he met the living Lord,
Felt scales fall from his rheumy eyes
And knew he was restored.

In gratitude, like Paul before,
He went to save the others,
The forlorn men of Witch Spell Hill,
The ones who now were brothers.

You still can hear on quiet nights
A strong clear voice proclaim
The saving grace of Jesus Christ
Who takes away all shame.

Atop a hill with windswept heights
The gospel words are spoken
By Bill, the Preacher of Witch Spell Hill,
A man no longer broken.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 12/08/06
This is an excellent poem, fun to read and with a great message.
Joanne Sher 12/09/06
Excellent message expressed so beautifully and poignantly. I was moved.
Amy Michelle Wiley 12/09/06
I really enjoyed this. It reminded me of another FWer's work. :-) Great job!
Louise Fountain12/09/06
I loved the poem.It brought back memories of when I was transformed.
Donna Emery12/10/06
This is absolutely lovely. A really wonderful poem. Well done.
Donna Haug12/11/06
Great story of God transforming a life. I loved the flow of the rhythm and rhyme - uninterrupted - nothing to distract me from your message. Good work!
Cheri Hardaway 12/11/06
I loved the rythym and cadence of your poem. And such a good message of hope and salvation. Good work. Blessings, Cheri
Venice Kichura12/11/06
Such a fun read & delightful poem!
Stephen Paynter12/11/06
I am in awe of all who can write poetry. I liked the lilting tone, ... a great way to tell a real tale worthy of a ballad.
Jan Ackerson 12/11/06
Excellent! It's a veritable ballad, should be sung. Very, very good.
Betty Castleberry12/13/06
I LOVE this. Excellent rhyme and meter, and so much fun to read as well. It is like a folk story in rhyme. Very well done.
Shanti Singh12/13/06
Wonderful message, beautiful words. I enjoyed this!
Catrina Bradley 12/13/06
A great poem and a great story. The rhyme and meter are outstanding. I could imagine this being read aloud on stage. Fabulous!
Jacqueline Zerres12/14/06
Great writing. Congratulations!