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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: The Ballad of Heaven's Hoodlum
By Gerald Shuler


Lo, it’s been told from times of old
But hear it once again
For if you heed the words you hear
You’ll not fall prey to sin.

The Chief Musician, Lucifer,
Lord of angelic choirs,
Had placed a seed within his soul
Igniting deadly fires.

It didn’t happen all at once
‘Else others would have known
The path that Lucifer had walked
Was his and his alone.


But through the ages crafty words
Began to take their toll.
Soon other angels followed him,
Believing in his goal.

The Lord God knew rebellion brewed,
It had to end somehow.
But all within His nature cried
“Let mercy cover now.”


The mercy of the Lord went out
To rebels far and wide.
“Come back to where you once had been
Or mercy can’t abide."

But Lucifer had grown too dark,
He’d not return again.
There would be war on Heaven’s shore
And Lucifer would win.


The time had come, some angels chose
The liar to be king.
So mercy lifted, God arose
And angels ceased to sing.

The battle raged with flaming swords
Outside of Heaven’s door.
God watched His angels, wounded, fall…
He’d tolerate no more.


With lifted hand He spoke the Word
“Sin can not enter here.”
With majestic, mighty power
God’s Word stopped Lucifer.

Now God had to find the angels
The Liar had deceived.
The fate the hoodlum was facing
His friends also received.


We know how this story ended…
The angels were cast out.
But the battle hasn’t ended,
Satan is still about.

He’s seeking those who will listen
To the lies he will tell.
But all who choose to stand with him
Will follow him to Hell.


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Rebecca O'Connor02/07/08
Very nice work! This is a fitting poem for the challenge title...well done.
Charla Diehl 02/07/08
This is great--perfect fit for the topic and the meter was right on. I'm partial to poety, so I truly enjoyed your efforts on this.
Joanne Sher 02/08/08
This is VERY good - great imagery especially. It has a great rhythm to it.
william price02/10/08
Very nice job. Very smooth and entertaining read that ministered its point well. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 02/10/08
Super! I can see this set to music--something folksy, with acoustic guitars and maybe some simple percussion.
Shelley Ledfors 02/10/08
I love this...especially the ballad format. Well written and a great take on the topic.
Ann Renae Hair02/10/08
Very crafty. Great warning to heed. Nice poem.
Sharlyn Guthrie02/10/08
Excellent! Also, creative take on the topic.
LaNaye Perkins02/10/08
Very creative writing here. I really love the message of your ballade. Well done.
Loren T. Lowery02/11/08
Great lyrical meter and wonderful message. Very, very creative and well delivered.
Beth LaBuff 02/12/08
Very, very good writing. Great rhyme, meter, and thought. It's creative and your ending is chilling/perfect. Your experiment with this ballad was a success. I totally enjoyed it.
Betty Castleberry02/13/08
Very nice. Good rhyme and meter. I also would like to see it set to music.
Sara Harricharan 02/13/08
Gave me goosebumps reading this piece! The refrain/chorus was my favorite part, this flowed very nicely and the story inside-well delivered! Excellent writing. ^_^
Marita Vandertogt02/13/08
You could set this one to music... I like your title "Heaven's Hoodlum" - nicely done.
Karen Wilber02/13/08
Excellent warning wrapped up in meter and rhyme. The last stanza just nails the point home. Good work.
Rita Garcia02/13/08
Wonder! Your writing gift shines!!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/13/08
What a wonderful ballad, creative, rhythmical, and with a powerful message.
Lyn Churchyard02/14/08
Brilliant!. So easy to read. A job very well done.
Sara Harricharan 02/14/08
Sheri Gordon02/14/08
Congratulations on your EC. This is very good.
Beth LaBuff 02/14/08
Yay! Congrats on your level placing and EC!!!
william price02/14/08
Superb Job!!!!1 Congrats on EC. God bless.
Sharlyn Guthrie02/14/08