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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: A Bold Dichotomy
By Sharlyn Guthrie
09/06/07


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Blemished by men who abused her
Oppressed by the enemy’s voice
Livid with rage and hounded by shame
Drusilla seduced men by choice

Brazen, she flaunted her figure
Obsessed with her cheap little tricks
Levied fierce wounds on her victims
Duping the simple for kicks

Beguiled, the naïve were attracted
Oblivious to her disease
Laughing, she led them to Hades
Defiling their honor with ease

But, as her suitors paraded
One gazed right into her soul
Looked on her cold heart with pity
Damned her demons to Sheol

Blood was required for her purchase
Only His blood to be sure
Love paid the ultimate ransom
Declaring the prostitute pure

Broken, she fell down before Him
Owned the full guilt of her wrongs
Loudly proclaimed Him her Master
Danced and exulted with songs

Blushing duplicitous leaders
Offered to pelt her with clay
Loathed the barefaced interloper
Distastefully spoiling their day

“Batter and bruise her, you cowards.
Or have you once happened to sin?
Lob a stone only if you are perfect.
Do step right on up and begin.”

Beaten, each slowly retreated ‘til
Only the woman remained
Lustrous in clean garments flowing
Devoid of each blemish and stain


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Allison Egley 09/08/07
Ooo. I liked this. You did a great job making it seem like it happened today, until you bring Jesus into it at the end.

In the last stanza, I would have put "'Till" as the first word in the second line. It seemed to flow better that way for me.

Again, I really liked this. Great job.
Joanne Sher 09/08/07
Great imagery - and a wonderful rendition of a familiar story. Wonderful.
Sherry Wendling09/08/07
Yes! With a second read, I truly appreciate what you've done with the topic--the boldness here is the verbal rod of our Shepherd, defending His rescued lamb. Gripping imagery, tight rhyme & meter--a delight to read!
Pat Guy 09/08/07
I LOVED this! I think you captured the heart and soul of this story to a tee. The poetry wasn't overdone, or forced from beginning to end - it flowed fautlessly.

Great work here! I loved it and enjoyed every word.
Dee Yoder 09/09/07
This is wonderfully crafted and flowing. I like the modern voice you use to tell this familiar story from scripture.
Linda Watson Owen09/09/07
Oh, I agree with every comment above...and...just look at what you pulled off in this skillfully written verse...the word BOLD is spelled out repeatedly with the first letters of every line. Wow!
Jan Ackerson 09/11/07
Super--and I loved the acrostics--usually poems of this sort resort to forced constructions to get the acrostic to work, but this one just flowed beautifully.
Marilee Alvey09/11/07
Wow! A very talented rendition of a familiar story. How did you manage to make me feel the depth of her depravity in a poem? I have never before truly appreciated the amount of forgiveness it involved from Jesus. I guess I just saw the story as a woman falling for a married man. I like your images better because it shows the power of Jesus to forgive. How free she felt, unburdened of all of that sin. Superb job!