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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

TITLE: Be Angry...
By Kate Wells
08/08/07


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Traffic stacked up, car overheating
sun beating down on his face.

The AC out and the guy up ahead
chooses to slam on his brakes.

He swerves to the left and
spews forth a word that clearly
he knows is not right...

Then his eyes catch sight
of the car next to his and he
waves back to Pastor Albright

He remembers the words of the
sermon last week as the pastor
displays a broad grin

"It's important to know that
the Lord understands when
you're angry...but please,
do not sin!"


She grabbed for the pot
as the stew bubbled over
and ruined the stove she
just cleaned.

But before she could wipe up
the brown sticky mess
the telephone began to ring.

Her mother-in-law
just wanted to chat
and the baby started to cry

Gotta go, she said quick
The baby is sick and
crossed her fingers
to cover the lie

Conviction lay heavy
upon her soft heart
when she gazed at
the church bulletin

"It's important to know
that the Lord understands
when you're angry
but please...
do not sin"

Dinner was quiet
there was no appetite
they both knew that
something was wrong.

The sin in their hearts
was screaming so loud
they could no longer
hear God's sweet song.

He looked in her eyes
and she stared back at him
as they each remembered
the day.

So with nary a word
they both bowed their heads
and humbly began to pray.

Father, forgive us
we know we were wrong...
and anger won out again...

But help us, dear Lord
to remember Your words...
Be angry... but please
Do not sin!


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Catrina Bradley 08/09/07
Very nice! Great meter, and I love the message! Your stanzas not all having the same number of lines threw me some until I realized the meter didn't really change. Other than that, this was fantastic. :)
Marilyn Schnepp 08/10/07
Beautifully done! Such a great message is such a delightful rhythmic way. Really liked this one. Kudos!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/11/07
"Be angry, but do not sin." You have presented a wonderful lesson with your rhythmic poem.
Rachel Burkum08/15/07
I really liked reading this. It made me smile, but it was also convicting. Good job!