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

TITLE: Sonnets from the Macabre
By Edy T Johnson


Sonnets from the Macabre

I - Trust

Into her tent she beckoned him to come,
This fugitive from battle on the run.
With soothing words she made him feel at ease.
He even fell asleep upon her knees.

He slept, exhausted, trusting all was well,
Not knowing he had found the gate to hell.
His dreamless sleep would prove to be his last,
And all his victories be in the past.

As Jael took the hammer and the peg,
Poor Sisera was left without a leg
To stand upon. His doom was surely set,
His executioner the ma'am he met.

Just goes to show, be sure the one you trust
Is free of guile, or you'll end in the dust.

II - Treasure

The tragic story of the concubine
Reveals more horror than just dropping dead.
Granted, she proved unfaithful in her time,
But, she had no protection from her head.

Her father and her master sealed her fate,
Abandoning her to the wicked crew
Who brutalized her through the hours late
And left her covered with the morning dew.

But then her master added to the rage.
He carved her body to a dozen parts.
Distributing the pieces set the stage
For warfare, cutting brothers to the heart.

The moral of this story should be clear:
Love and protect the ones that you hold dear.

III - Triumph

He had it all. But, such a foolish man
Betrayed the secret he was told to keep.
Not that he couldn't know his lover's plan;
She made it plain each time he went to sleep.

Delilah dallied, ever digging deep;
And closer crept the danger to his might.
Not vines, nor ropes, she nearly made the leap
When weaving in the web his hair pinned tight.

He should have known. The Philistines, that night
She shaved his locks and took away his power,
Put out his eyes and stole as well his sight,
Which Samson recompensed his final hour.

If we would rise above such cruel end,
We must be sure on Whom our lives depend.

With apologies to Judges chapters 4, 19-20, & 16, and to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
Great job! the sonnet works well for telling these three vignettes. I enjoyed reading them.
Rhonda Clark05/26/07
Great job. I like this.
Benjamin Graber05/27/07
I enjoyed these sonnets - I thought they were well written, and share important truths as well.
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
Wonderful account of Bible truths and how they affect each one.
Rita Garcia05/30/07
One of my personal favorites this week! I really enjoyed the writing skill! WOW!
Donna Powers 05/30/07
Interesting and nicely done. I liked the contrast in the three sonnets. Thanks for sharing this
Joanne Sher 05/30/07
I enjoyed this very much. Great rhyme and meter, and good messages (no need to apologize, silly!)
dub W05/30/07
A sonnet is the purest form of poetry. Thank you for these offerings. I will re-read them many times.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/30/07
I enjoyed your macabre sonnets! My favorite lines were:
He had it all, but such a foolish man
Delilah dallied ever delving dep
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/30/07
Sorry, I believe that was a misquote! DEEP
william price05/31/07
I knew I missed out on something great this week. I loved the poem, girl. Nice rythm, rhyme and message. Also really liked the title. You've been on a roll this quarter. Some great stuff. God bless.
Linda Watson Owen10/12/07
How in the world did I miss reading these, Edy! You're a master of the sonnet form for sure! What a treat to read these skillfully woven poems! I've got to read more of yours.
Mary Hackett02/22/08
Oooh, Edy, I loved these! Having them all be related with the moral tying all the thoughts up neatly at the end was good. My favorite was Sonnet I. I've always been fascinated with the story of Jael. However did she get the guts to put a tent peg through Siserah's brain??? I don't know if I could do that...yucky. I have to agree, sonnets are challenging. They're a real discipline, but fun to write and fun to read!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/02/09
And on a second reading, they're even better!
Betty Castleberry11/01/09
I don't know anything about sonnets but I loved reading these. Two thumbs up!