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

TITLE: Anger's Path
By Sharlyn Guthrie
08/08/07


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I often do things I regret
when I am cranky, fuming, mad.
I grumble, mumble, quarrel, fret;
it makes my Father very sad.

While feeling sorry for myself,
Anger looms, matches my stride
convincing me -that impish elf-
of rights denied and injured pride.

I pay him precious little heed,
and yet I do not bid him, “Go.”
So like a tiny thistle seed
that fiendish elf begins to grow.

Soon Anger stretches into Grudge.
That brute, I fear, is here to stay.
I shout, “Be gone!” He does not budge,
no matter what I do or say.

Grudge won’t be satisfied it seems,
unless I seek his mate, Revenge.
Invading consciousness and dreams
he steers me on a spiteful binge.

Although it seems a just reward
Revenge will never say, “Enough.”
No longer do I seek the Lord;
my tender heart turns cold and tough.

The path I’ve hiked with Anger led
to heartache, agony and pain.
His reappearance makes me dread
to keep his company again.

Yet God says Anger is okay
if I am careful not to sin;
relinquish it, forgive, and pray
before I go to sleep again.



In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)



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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/09/07
This poem has not only perfect meter and rhyme, but excellent personifications for feelings and a wonderful message.
Betty Castleberry08/10/07
I like the analogy you drew. The meter and rhyme were very good. I enjoyed this, and its message.
Kristen Hester08/10/07
This is a great poem with a great message!
Jan Ackerson 08/13/07
You threw this together on a Wednesday night? Wow! Top-notch!
Linda Watson Owen08/13/07
Oh, yes, wonderful characterizations here of the emotions that we all, at times, wrestle against! This poem hits home and does it beautifully!
Joanne Sher 08/14/07
Excellent - wish I could "throw together" something like this on a Wednesday night. Much to think about.
Leigh MacKelvey08/14/07
No embarrassment warrented. Take it back!

I liked the "hike" anger takes us, and how it grows to the point of no return if we don't give it over to the Lord. You told it with clever use of personification. Great job!
TJ Nickel08/16/07
simple, good verse use, psychologically consistent…a fine example of excellent writing!