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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: Matthew 25
By Randy Lucas
11/17/08


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On Fourth street at the dumpster bin
he quietly sorts and sifts,
wearing a coat that smells of gin
and looks for Christmas gifts.

It’s not exactly a Macys store
or even a JC Penney
but he’ll keep searching all the more
though now he can’t find any.

A broken glass, a fractured bowl,
he handles all with care.
And on a night to freeze the soul
no one sees him there.

Crinkled wrappers that smell of fish
and last week’s chicken bones,
are not the things that we would wish
for, in our holiday homes.

I wonder if they see him,
they that watch on high.
The ones who sang in Bethlehem
whose heralds filled the sky.

For we don’t see him, you or I
as we scurry to the mall.
Though we might just notice if we try,
and might just hear his call.

What was it that Jesus said,
something about goat and sheep.
It’s Matthew’s gospel, where I read
the words that haunt my sleep.

And make me think of Christmas gifts
in new and troubling ways.
For I'm yoked to the one who sorts and sifts
in these cold December days.


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Mary Alice Bowles11/20/08
Awesome, so very awesome!
Marita Vandertogt11/23/08
Excellent writing - excellent message. Beautifully done.
Sharon Kane11/25/08
Good writing. I can't imagine anyone reading this without having someone in mind. You capture the 'uck'factor of bin-hokers' (especially the smell!) and all the reasons we walk past them; and all the reasons we should not! Very challenging.
Deborah Porter 11/27/08
Randy, in case you don't see the Highest Rankings each week, I just wanted to let you know that you did very well in the Challenge this week. Even though you didn't quite make it into the winners' circle, you made it into the highest rankings for Level 3, placing 12th for the level.

The competition is always extremely intense in Level 3, so well done. Keep up the great writing.

If you would like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can see them here:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=343147

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)