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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adolescence/Teen Years (07/16/09)

TITLE: Accepting the Gospel
By Clyde Blakely
07/18/09


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Accepting the Gospel


Not of royal family
Really just a child

Betrothed to an older man
Upright and righteous

A small village carpenter
No palace for home

Both waiting for intimacy
Anticipating a normal life

A life’s interruption
Chosen of God

She did not run
She did not hide

She could’ve said “No”
But she obeyed

Wisdom or fear?
A heart well trained

Obeying could mean death
Stoning for an unfaithful bride

Inform him or not
There’s no other choice

Love betrayed
Rejected

Upright and righteous
“Put her away privately”

“This is of God”
Angelic dream

He could’ve said “No”
But he obeyed

Lives restored, almost
What will everyone say?

Labels, words, denunciations
Looks, whisperings

Their love for each other
Their love for God

Would it last a lifetime?
Would it last today?

Chosen before creation
The vessel and the Potter

She could’ve said “no”
But she obeyed

Predestined
Freewill

Young lady, accepting
She carried the Gospel

Her decision changed the world
A decision that changed me


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Seema Bagai 07/23/09
I really liked this poem. Mary crossed my mind when I saw the topic. You presented it beautifully. Loved the title, too.
Allen Stark07/27/09
Concrete,concise,and cleverly written in the original form of language.
c clemons07/30/09
Nicely done. Not sure if Joseph was a teen, but pretty sure Mary was.
Lisa Johnson 09/03/09
I really like this poem. I like the way you presented Mary and Joseph as adolescents with a choice...whose choice to obey did in fact change the world.