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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Ordinary Donkeys
By Laurie Glass
12/10/06


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Balaam, son of Beor,
false prophet,
blasphemer,
brute beast,
loved the wages of wickedness…
Rebuked by a donkey
who spoke with a man’s voice -
restrained the prophet’s madness.
An ordinary donkey
with an unimaginable mission,
an unsung hero of sorts.

Left naked,
beaten,
half-dead,
passed by on the roadside
until a Samaritan approached,
bearing bandages,
carrying oil and wine,
willing to tend to his wounds…
Placed him on a donkey
to take him to the inn.
An ordinary donkey
with a particular purpose,
an unsung hero of sorts.

Jesus approached Jerusalem
on a road covered with cloaks,
lined with palm branches…
On the back of a donkey’s colt,
entered the city.
Adoring voices raised,
Hosanna in the highest!
An ordinary colt
carried a king,
an unsung hero of sorts.

A donkey spoke
to rebuke one who led others astray,
a leader of evil.
A donkey available
to carry a wounded man -
an important player
in a well-known parable
we endeavor to emulate.
A donkey’s colt
ridden on by David’s descendant,
Royalty,
Redeemer.
Ordinary donkeys
performed pertinent tasks -
unsung heroes.


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Edy T Johnson 12/14/06
Oh, my! This has "winner" written all over it. Of course, it is the donkey, beast of burden, that has to be the most appropriate "unsung hero." That you thought to pull together several donkey stories from the Bible for your poem is just so rich. Is there a limit on how many "favorites" my keepsakes can hold?
Jan Ackerson 12/15/06
Wonderful!
Pat Guy 12/16/06
Wow! Very, Very well done! The flow, the structure - the message - Awesome! I loved this!
Beth Muehlhausen12/16/06
Oh my...this is superb! Content, style, form, everything is top knotch.

I couldn't help but think about other aspects of God's creation that seem "ordinary" but have specific roles to play for His Kingdom. This is a factual and encouraging recitation that brings me into an expectant state of mind.

Oh, and I liked the repetition of the last line in the first 3 stanzas..."an unsung hero of sorts."

dub W12/17/06
Wonderful, creative free verse, very well stated, and the theme brilliantly formed throughout.
Donna Emery12/19/06
Excellent poem and definitely on-topic. Very well done and I loved your depiction of these "ordinary" creatures.
Linda Watson Owen12/27/06
Laurie, this is so creative! Who would have ever thought..the lowly donkies of the Bible...unsung heroes! Great job! :)
Linda Watson Owen12/27/06
...oopz...I goofed! Donkeys!! I really do know how to spell! LOL!