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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: The Devil's Stew
By Linda Watson Owen


The Devil stirred a boiling stew and cackled in the night.
His devious recipe and brew was giving him delight!
His eyes aflame and watering mouth hung over his dread pot
as in his mind a sickening sauce now simmered his foul plot.

的値l stir their souls in hellion broth! Oh how their sins will flow!
They値l think they池e in a pleasure pond! Haha! They値l never know
that like a frog, the heat will rise and still they値l smile and sing
until the boiling point is met! Then I値l own everything!

The Devil counted out the cups of 践ave yourself some fun!
and tossed them in the cauldron quite enough for everyone.
的値l add a spoonful of 賎et rich! a pinch of 展ant it now!
One whiff of this and they値l be mine! Chef Sin will take a bow!

So through the night this ornery wretch stirred on in giggling glee,
elated by the bubbling batch of broth so thickening sweet.
And by the light of lapping flames that licked the slopping rim
the Devil added one more BAM of 糎ho cares where I致e been!

The brewing mess smelled sugary, a treat for any tongue,
especially for those adrift or for the very young.
You壇 think the dark would give a clue this is no place to be!
But as he planned, the great pot痴 heat increased by each degree.

No soul jumped out or took a note that something was amiss.
Instead they swam and drank the soup of clueless naughty bliss.
Again the Devil cackled loud into the moon lit skies,
but little did he know it then. He didn稚 realize.

The very skies that echoed back his laughter so depraved
would in that same night open for the One Who comes to save.
A blinding light! A trumpet blast! A shout and then a step!
And guess Who stood beside the ghoul who stirred the stinky mess?!

的値l take that spoon. The Lord now spoke as night turned into day.
展ell, Sir, you see, I was keeping them warm until You came this way.
The poor little dears had lost their way, and then they just dropped in.
And what do you know! I just happened to have this warm pool where they swim!

One look from the Lord and the Devil shrank and crawled back to his cave.
A slotted spoon in just the Right Hand fished out the sweating babes.
典oo near to cooking in the pot, you all had come to be.
Now take my advice, and live your life with a look before you leap!

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Lesley-Anne Evans01/11/07
I'd recognize this writing excellence anywhere! You have an amazing way with words, mixing in serious thoughts with humourous descriptives, and I just love the whole 'batch'. Thanks for your creativity and hope your writing brings much blessing to you and those you minister to.
Laurie Glass 01/11/07
This poem is well thought out and I love the detail. Great message, too. I'm always afraid of using longer lines in my poems, but you know how to make that work.
Pat Guy 01/11/07
I don't know how you do it. But I do know one thing - it never helps me when you sit right behind me! ;)

BAM was a brilliant touch. ;)
Kevin Kindrick01/11/07
I loved your portrayal of the enemy - "this ornery wretch" - as compared to the LORD.
How like him to snivel, and slink out of sight when God steps into the picture, or the kitchen, as the case may be.

Thanks, and God bless,

Sharlyn Guthrie01/11/07
Your word usage is fun, even though the subject matter is serious. Nice balance!
Trina Courtenay01/12/07
Loved it! Added it to my favorites.
Susan Gibson01/12/07
I generally find long poems tedious; you've found just the right rhythm and rhyme (not to mention brilliant topic) to keep me reading.
Chrissi Dunn01/14/07
Well done! I don't know how you think of all these wonderful, unique descriptions, and how they flow so well in poetry! I've never been a fan of poetry, but your entries are so enjoyable to read, that I'm changing my mind.
Joanne Sher 01/15/07
Clever and wonderful. What a creative mind you have - and a gift for poetry! Thank you so much for sharing.
janet rubin01/15/07
I ENJOYED this very much. I'd read it again. I've taken a swim in that pot myself, more than once. And once I realized I was getting too hot, starting to boil... and that the liquid surrounding me was nasty sludge- not the treat I'd thought it was... by then I was utterly helpless to climb up the steep sides of the pot. It's what the psalmist referred to as a slimy pit, I believe. All I could do was cry out for my Saviour to pull me out. And He did. See my rambling comment? I must have like it! Good job.
Jan Ackerson 01/16/07
Wonderful, as always, and so very true! I especially like the gentle characterization of the Lord in the last few stanzas. Great job!
Sally Hanan01/18/07
Congratulations! I loved this - funny, serious, clever - you have it all in here.
Catrina Bradley 01/18/07
Such fun rythm, and a great message too. Too many favorite lines to name one! Congrats!!!
Cassie Memmer01/20/07
Wonderful! Very clever, making it so enjoyable to read. Yet full of truth. Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 07/11/07
I loved this entry. I remember it from my early days at FW. It took me several months before I commented on any entries and I've just run across it again, so wanted you to know that I think it's GREAT! The word choice, meter, flow, everything is so good!
Mariane Holbrook 10/26/10
You are SO GOOD, in content, in meter, in rhyme, in everything! This is perfect in every way and I'm so glad you brought it out for Halloween! I would love to see this illustrated! LOL