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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: Coat of Many Colors
By Benjamin Graber
02/06/08


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A coat may not be graded on its looks,
But ’tis appearances that draw the eyes,
So care is taken by the wise…

A coat that chooses to live with the pigs
Will find its character is smeared with brown,
Its reputation falling down…

A coat may not be graded on its smell,
But ’tis the smell that drives its friends away
And keeps its closest ones at bay…

A coat associating with the landfill
Will find a nasty odor hanging ’round,
And ask where all its friends are bound…

A coat may not be graded on its looks,
But all perceive a coat that’s freshly cleaned,
The care that’s taken clearly seen…

A coat that chooses to make streams its friend
Will find its marks are gone, without a trace,
And all will see the work of grace…

A coat may not be graded on its smell,
But ’tis the smell that makes your friends draw near
And adds to how the coat appears…

A coat that dances blithely in the roses
Will gather dreams of fragrance in its wings,
And cause the weary hearts to sing…


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Joanne Sher 02/09/08
Enjoyed the meter of this, and the use of repetition. Great images too. A lovely, thought-provoking read.
Sara Harricharan 02/12/08
This is very interesting, to think of a coat and cycling through all those places and the examples, such as the landfill, make this more real, nice job here!(and good title too!) ^_^