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

TITLE: Accolades
By Melanie Kerr
01/30/08


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I stand before
A cheering crowd
And hold the trophy high
You see me smile
You watch me wave
But do not hear me sigh

For I would swap
My life for yours
Give up this winner’s place
See the cameras
Focussed on
Another person’s face

This pedestal
I fought to claim
To carve my name upon
I took such pride
Embraced the praise
For all the things I’d won

The cost I paid
An eager slave
To press, to push, to run
Somewhere along
The played out path
A tiredness had begun

Convinced that joy
Would surely come
I fought to win each game
But empty now
And hollow feel
With no one I can blame

There must be more
That satisfies
That meets my deepest need
That silences
The urgent voice
That says “I must succeed”

The world bestows
Upon a man
It’s riches, fortune, fame
But never is
The measure of
The worth a man can claim


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Lynda Schultz 01/31/08
Very well done, and an important lesson for all of us to remember.
Sharlyn Guthrie02/01/08
This is elegant in its simplicity. I especially like the final stanza.
Joanne Sher 02/04/08
An excellent message. Enjoyed this.
Linda Watson Owen02/04/08
Poignant poetry! You zeroed right in on one of the most common cases of 'faux gold'! Fame and fortune just doesn't make it in true fulfillment and satisfaction. Well said!!
Sara Harricharan 02/06/08
The first verse is my favorite and it is o so true to think of the message here. Nice job with this! ^_^
Jan Ackerson 02/06/08
How creative--I don't think I've read any others this week from the POV of a "glitterer" who knows they're not gold. I like the format of this poem, too--very well done!
Joy Faire Stewart02/06/08
I read this poem aloud and loved it. Excellent job!
Holly Westefeld02/06/08
Nicely done. I like your title.
Loren T. Lowery02/06/08
A profound revelation told in poetic form. My favorite line: "The cost I paid
An eager slave" How true, how true. Thank-you for sharing.
James Dixon02/07/08
Now I will be happy not to be the Editor's Choice for the week. :p