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

TITLE: Only a Boy
By Allison Egley
05/22/07


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Well that boy David was an interesting lad,
Some sheep and a staff were all he had.

While keeping watch o'er his flock one day,
A big, mighty lion a visit did pay.

That boy named David knew just what to do,
By the beard he flung it and away it flew.

Then one day a bear came along,
Met the same fate; didn't look very strong.

Now with his harp David had a way,
For old king Saul he liked to play.

When evil spirits overcame Saul,
David's music would make them fall

Israel's army was in really big trouble,
A challenger they needed, on the double!

The Philistines' weapon was a very large man,
Saul fainted when he saw him; get him a fan!

Nine feet tall was Goliath's full height,
He gave Israel's army quite a fright.

"Who will fight him?" Everyone asked,
While big Goliath in his pride basked.

"I'll go, King Saul," little David said,
"You? You're smaller than his head!"

" I've killed a lion and bear,"
"Use my armor. It's over there."

"I don't need it. It will weight me down.
In its metal I would drown!"

"Take my sword; without it you'll die!"
"I don't need it. The Lord is on my side!"

With a sling and stones David went to the line,
"With the Lord this battle is mine!"

Goliath laughed, "Why he's merely a boy!
What do I look like, an old dog's toy?"

David took his sling and a little stone,
With great force that stone was thrown!

It stuck Goliath in the middle of his head,
He started to sway, "Timber! He's dead!"

They cut off his head, put it on a stick,
A tradition that makes me a wee bit sick!

The army ran to David, coming in hoards,
"Remember," he said, "The battle is the Lord's!"


******
I Samuel 16-17


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Julie Arduini05/24/07
This is a great Bible lesson and a fun read. I enjoyed the humor as well. I think you made this genre work for you!
Joyce Poet05/24/07
Great take on David's story!
Jacquelyn Horne05/25/07
Good account of a Biblical David.
Marilyn Schnepp 05/25/07
Brilliant! Humorous! True! A rhythmic masterpiece - well done!
Rhonda Clark 05/26/07
Fantastic take on David's life. You did a great job.
dub W05/28/07
Normally, I wouldn't comment on a whole poem of rhymed couplets,but this has merit as a story poem.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
This would make a cute Sunday School poem.
Benjamin Graber05/30/07
This poem is a good one for kids; both the topic, the rhyming scheme, and the humor makes for a fun read.
Rita Garcia05/30/07
Allison, this is such a fun and clever look at David!
Joanne Sher 05/31/07
I so enjoyed this! I could see this as a children's book.