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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Conduct on the Edge
By Linda Germain
07/25/07


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The headstone read, ďBig E. is dead.Ē

Thatís all it said, which made me wonder why
A guy, from all reports, had lost cohorts in
High up courts whose thinking turned him out

No doubt his crime, evolved through time,
Was being past his prime-- not useful in this age;
This stage of life on which we act
With rot so deep we canít go back

(To reclaim those necessary filters)

The ones a culture needs to breed
A decency that oils all Social interaction
And holds the line, now weak and dim,
From losing all its traction

The sense and order of whatís right
The loss of so much salt and light
Brought this un-natural death of one almost a stranger
Whose sickness turned to slow demise but did not signal DANGER.

There is so little left of conductís code
As words and dress and ways erode
To scream down proverbís oldest road Ėthe one thatís paved
So sadly with those good intentions

Embarrassed left a few bereft, but others laugh and celebrate
The futureís here, and nothing out-of-date
Can neutralize comportmentís toxic dump thatís nearly killed all grace of manners,
And most tact; in factÖ

The line between the wild and us has paled
And ignorant ones donít even know whatís failed Ėor care
The loss of that ďBig EĒ makes humans disconnected
Until Revivalís Fruit will show him resurrected

Modesty will follow right behind, and Shame will do the same
As convicting Guilt works to bring some needed real repentance
Giving Honored Truth His one last chance
To serve a changed life sentence.


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Dee Yoder 07/26/07
So true! Our world is so full of people without a shred of modesty or decency or even just plain manners, that no one bothers to be embarrassed any more. In fact, some wouldn't realize they SHOULD be embarrassed by their conduct. Great point!
Lynda Schultz 07/26/07
Thought-provoking indeed!
Janice Cartwright07/26/07
Brilliant and creative presentation of the coarsening of our society on all fronts. Just as scripture prophesied, we have forgotten how to blush.
Melanie Kerr 07/28/07
Wow! I could keep on reading that one over and over again. I liked all the internal rhymes of the various lines. Well done!
Linda Watson Owen07/30/07
Well, I'm definitely going back to reread this one! Yes, the internal rhyme is wonderfully executed! You've gifted us with a real gem here!
Dianne Janak08/01/07
I loved this poem. I want to read it several times and take it all in.. though it makes me sad because of the truth here... I enjoyed it in a truth way
Joanne Sher 08/02/07
Excellent message and use of poetic devices.