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

TITLE: How To Recognize A Sinner
By Brian Pilling
05/18/07


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Ecclesiastes 2:26 (King James Version)

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

How To Recognize A Sinner


They slam the morning alarm

In a flail of worn sheets

Laugh and laugh like puberty

At a radio jocks insults

Let decorum boil down

Like water to metal

Leaving only rumors to pour

Over a tablespoon of "instant".



They send their child off

With rented clarinet

Feed the mutt called habit

Empty a souvenir mug

Read the advice column

Their horoscope, the funnies

And nothing else, time left-over

To imagine an illicit rendezvous.



They plan this summer to paint

The outside white again, until

Lost in a "dream of Jeannie" rerun

They swallow two gel-caps

To numb their temples.

Because they are bores, killjoys

Like you and me

Waiting for something big.


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Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
Wow. This is filled with very strong emotion.