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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of ďAll that Glitters is Not GoldĒ (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: Sum of a Man
By Katherine Kimbley
01/28/08


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Why spend money on what is not bread,
And trap hope in a stronghold of lies?

Why waste your life in the ways of the dead,
And your labor on what never satisfies?

The abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.
His eyes are not content.

But the grave calls to all, as deep calls to deep
Fools renovate an earthly tent.

What a man desires is unfailing love,
All we have will be burned in the fire.

We forsake treasures in heaven above.
Better to be poor than a liar.

A wise manís treasure holds up through fire,
Consumed not, but refined to perfection.

For to please the Lord is his heartís desire.
He yearns to portray Christís reflection.

He who seeks the Lord lacks no good thing,
For his riches are not of this earth.

Bestowed upon him by the King of Kings,
Man does not comprehend their worth.



Reference Verses:
Isaiah 55:2; Ecc 5:12; Ecc 4:8; Ps 42:7; Pr 19:22; Ps 33:10; Job 28:13


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Joanne Sher 02/02/08
Nicely done, and with some wonderful imagery.
Beth LaBuff 02/05/08
You have some wonderful thoughts in this poem. I especially loved this, "But the grave calls to all, as deep calls to deep Fools renovate an earthly tent." This deserves more than one read to take it all in. Very nice work.