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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: If Man Has Ever Loved
By Benjamin Graber


If love is weighed by pounding hearts,
By blooming sparks which fill the sky,
If love’s conveyed by flowery rhymes,
If man has ever loved—then so have I…

If love has flowed where dreams abound,
If hearts have climbed on mountains high,
If love has showed the paths of bliss,
If man has ever loved—then so have I!


If bells have tolled a funeral
Where love, once treasured, now has died,
If love lies cold within its tomb,
If dreams have ever died—then so have mine…

If love was slain one autumn night
So broken dreams have filled my eyes,
What hope remains for crippled hearts?
If dreams have ever died—then so have mine!


If love can triumph over death,
If Christ will dry the tears I cry,
If hope can die and rise again:
As Christ has always loved—now so must I…

For love’s not weighed by pounding hearts,
But by the grace of Christ applied!
Our love’s conveyed by what we give—
As Christ has always loved—now so must I!


If love can sprout from dying dreams,
If wounded hearts can heal and fly,
If love has taught my heart what’s best,
If man has ever loved—then so have I…

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Jacquelyn Horne05/24/07
Wonderful message here. Good thought.
Rita Garcia05/25/07
I enjoyed the progression, ending with a note of pure inspiration!
Rhonda Clark05/25/07
This is great. I love the flow and the sentiment. Good work.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
The repetition in your poem is very effective. Nice job.
Leigh MacKelvey05/27/07
Wow! This was rich with message and emotion. I was pleased with the internal rhyme in the first verse and surprised by the turn of emotions after the firs 2 verses. Very well constructed and lovely to read and ponder.
Betty Castleberry05/28/07
Beautifully written and flows so nicely. It made me feel hopeful as it progressed. Thumbs up.
Dara Sorensen05/28/07
I've only read a few this week, but this was one of the best ^_^
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
Definitely in my top 5 this week. I love everything about this heartbreakingly beautiful poem. Just have to mention the wonderful metrical scheme, with the little syncopated beat in the 4th line of each stanza.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/07
"But love's not weighed by pounding hearts,
But by the grace of God applied"
--my favorite lines
This is a beutiful poem, putting love into its truest perspective.
Edy T Johnson 05/30/07
This is so rich and deep. It brings to mind the Word, "His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness." Or, as our pastor points out frequently, our God is the God of second chances.
Myrna Noyes05/30/07
I really enjoyed this touching poem with its hope-filled ending! I liked the repetition of the last lines of the stanzas, too! Great writing! :)
Donna Powers 05/30/07
Excellent meter and excellent sentiment here. Well done!
Joanne Sher 05/30/07
No wonder you're Ben Poet :) I love the way you structured this, the repetition, and the wonderful images. Such a strong message and a wonderful piece.
dub W05/30/07
Good solid poem. Strong message withing sculptured verses. Thanks.
Patty Wysong05/30/07
Very nice! I love the progression and how you used repetion-and made it fit so smoothly and well.
Loren T. Lowery05/30/07
A song of the heart - giving praise - beautiful! Enjoyed the rhythm, meter and the message.
LaNaye Perkins05/30/07
This poem sang in my heart as I read it. Well done!
Pat Guy 05/30/07
So beautiful! I loved your word choices and the structure that added just enough brea from the meter.

I really enjoyed this! And it's message.
Bryan Coomes05/31/07
I am much in agreement with the comments. This was well crafted, vivid, and poignant. I especially liked the repetition with exclamation. You have certainly done your name proud :)
David (The Goliath Assassin)10/10/07
I am truly green with envy... but that's between me and the Lord. You just take comfort in my response that "I couldn't have written it better."