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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: The Black Knight
By Debbie Roome


The knight came striding in, with armour black as coal
His shield was deathly dark, the colour of his soul
I cringed as he approached, my heart consumed with fear
My legs felt weak and limp, I didnít want him near

On and on he came, his helmet dusk and gloom
The stench of hell was strong, impending fear and doom
I crouched against the wall, what could he want with me
Filth dribbled from his breastplate, pure evil I could see

His waist was bound with fibs, deceit and brazen lies
And both his feet were shod, with conflict great in size
I lifted shaking arms, please leave me, go away
Demonic cackles echoed, for sin you have to pay

I felt the fires of Hell, black smoke so thick and vile
And darts that stung and burned, and filled my throat with bile
The knight was hissing now, his eyes a smudge of hate
Get up you snivelling worm, prepare to meet your fate

As shadows filled my heart, I cried a desperate prayer
Iím sorry, please forgive me - Lord are you even there
The flash of light was blinding, a brilliance so bright
The contrast was amazing, pure darkness and pure light

Then Jesus stood before me, words ringing loud and clear
You need the shield of faith, to overcome your fear
And put these on your feet, the gospel shoes of peace
And gird yourself with truth, to make deception cease

I dressed myself in armour, a suit of gleaming white
The dark knight roared in anger, preparing for a fight
I need a weapon, Lord, to thwart this evil foe
He handed me a sword, My Word will make him go

Prepared and dressed for battle, I faced the demon king
But now he seemed so puny, it was the strangest thing
With victory in my heart, I slashed him through and through
The Word of God is powerful, alive and strong and true

The knight was leaking darkness, blackness grime and pain
His life blood slowly oozing, an oily pungent stain
And as his armour fell, great joy infused my heart
The Lord had won the battle, and I had played my part

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Loren T. Lowery10/23/09
I loved the allusion to putting on and wearing the armor to fight such demons. A lesson taught in the Bible, but one we so often fail to understand. We must do our part and don the proper attire.
Charla Diehl 10/23/09
Great message in this poem which is excellent in rhyme and meter. I like the last verse especially because it speaks of our responsibility as Christians to do our part too. Thumbs up on this one.
Philippa Geaney 10/25/09
Wonderful poetry. So real.
Deborah Engle 10/26/09
What a picture you have created. Excellent.
Beth LaBuff 10/26/09
Wow! Amazing, in meter, rhyme, and perfect for the topic. Just excellent!
Myrna Noyes10/26/09
What incredible imagery, and what an important message in this very well-written poem! The dark knight was such a picture of evil, but the ending was full of glorious light! Great job!! :D
Mona Purvis10/27/09
I love it when I hear someone say, "It doesn't get any better than this", which is what I believe applies to this wonderful entry.
Superb in so many ways!

Melanie Kerr 10/28/09
Excellent poem. The metre was spot on and your word choices were just right. The message was a good one to remember.
Myrna Noyes10/29/09
CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd place in Masters and on your E.C.!! :) This poem was superbly written, and I was sure it would be in the Winner's Circle this week! WAY TO GO!
Carol Slider 10/29/09
Very good poetry with a moving message--Congratulations!
Patricia Turner10/29/09
Such an outstanding picture of Christ versus evil and our own little part in it. Congratulations on your EC!