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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: A Tainted Life
By Melanie Kerr


With silent gaze, they look at me
The words they might not say
And yet the way they stand and stare
So much their looks convey

They’ve slapped a label on my life
That says that I am bad
They never glimpse the soul within
Just count the men I’ve had

I stand within this hostile crowd
The stones grasped in their hands
I realise, I’m on my own
That no one understands

A widow, with no means to pay
With children still to feed
No man to offer to protect
Provide all that we need

What other road, what other path
Was opened up to me?
How can they watch, and judge me when
They’ve such security?

The elders gather round a man
A question they would pose
Caught in the act, my guilt is sure
My death, would he oppose?

I’ve seen the greedy eyes of men
Alive with leering lust
Another man, another gaze
But His? Without disgust

I stand exposed, I cannot hide
The “bad” in me He sees
Discards the label others write
My captive spirit frees

A challenge for the “pure and good”
If sinless they would be
He gives the right to throw their stones
The power to punish me

One by one they drop their stones
Their faces flush with shame
A guiltless life? Perfect? Pure?
A goodness none can claim

Where are the ones that would accuse?
There’s no one that remains
Before a silent man I stand
Clothed in my guilty stains

“If others won’t, then nor will I
Condemn you, precious child.
Go in peace and sin no more.”
Hope bursts, intense and wild

A second cherished chance is mine
Another path to tread
My tainted life I leave behind
And follow Him instead

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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/14/09
You did a great job of bringing this story to life in your poem, as well as presenting a wonderful message.
Jana Kelley05/15/09
I enjoyed this. Well done!
Joanne Sher 05/16/09
Oh, this is beautiful. Wonderful portrayal of this familiar story.
Mona Purvis05/16/09
I love this, offers such a true picture of a Bibical story. Just beautiful!
Emily Gibson05/17/09
Brilliant example and beautifully written.
Genia Gilbert05/19/09
Absolutely love this. So insightful plus well-written. Thanks for the reminder of Jesus' compassion and power to turn bad to good!
Catrina Bradley 05/19/09
A beautifully crafted version of one of my favorite Bible stories.
Colin Swann05/20/09
Thanks for this beautiful Bible story in Rhyme.

Glynis Becker05/20/09
Beautifully retold. The rhythm doesn't miss a bit and the truth is dead on. Great job.
Rachel Burkum05/21/09
Congratulations on your placement! Well-deserved. I love this piece. It flows so well and is intensely convicting.
Mariane Holbrook 05/21/09
Oh my, what can I say? I felt my pulse quickening as I watched you develop this into the most wonderful example of forgiveness, of being set free, of new hope in Christ Jesus. What a lovely, meaningful, provocative poem! Heartiest congratulations for a well-deserved win!!
Myrna Noyes05/21/09
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1ST PLACE EC for this beautiful, moving poem! It is so excellently written, and I love seeing things from the woman's perspective! :)
Diana Dart 05/21/09
Awesome. Just plain awesome. Easy to read, great word choices and rhythm. And a gripping, life changing example - well done!
Sheri Gordon05/21/09
Congratulations on your 1st place. This is excellent.
Gregory Kane05/22/09
Congratulations on your win! This is one of my favourite Bible stories and you have portrayed it very well. I'm not sure about making excuses for her sin, since Jesus didn't do so. But I absolutely love the way you paint HIM in contrast to the other leering men. Good job.
Sharon Kane05/22/09
Whoops! That was goofy. I was logged in as my other half. And have been for the last half dozen congrats I've posted. Sorry!
Jim McWhinnie 05/22/09

A beautiful and sensitive rendition of that amazing moment in the Temple.

As a soul of the masculine nature, I appreciate the feminine tone you placed in this scene.

Absolutely wondrous.

Thank you.
Linda Buskirk05/26/09
Your poem is intense and beautiful. I knew the ending of the story, but wanted to keep reading. Thank you for the experience! God has blessed you with a wonderful gift!
Linda Buskirk