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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: Gibberish
By Ruth Neilson
01/27/10


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"Come,
Let us build a tower into the heavens,
So that we can be like God."
The priest-king's declared.

And mortar and stone where carefully placed upon each other
Giving birth to a the proudest moment of mankind
Strong arms rising up the pedestal,
Determined to be like God.

Slowly, the tower was built.
First, reaching the height of the homes
Then, that of that of the palace and temples.
Slowly, it touched the clouds, being a beacon for all to see.

All for, one priest-king's whim.
The design itself, inspired by a dream.
"Higher, higher!" he declared.
So higher they built it.

Pushing further, higher,
Determined to satisfy the priest-king's goal.
But, they failed to take into account
One very important thing.

When God the Father, looked down
And saw what His children were doing,
In that tearful moment,
He knew what had to be done.

A single heartbeat passed.
And all the words became gibberish.
The languages were born,
All for one man's folly.

"Pass me..."
"Wat zei u?"
"Je ne peux pas vous comprendre!"
"ΒΟΗΘΕΙΑ!"

Chaos reigned supreme
In those dark days.
Until, that is, new families were formed.
And slowly each one drifted away from the cursed sight.

So remember,
And never forget,
The lessons learned at the tower
That will forever be called Babel.

---
Genesis 11:1-9
What did you say?--Dutch
I don't understand.--French
Help!--Greek


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Laury Hubrich 01/29/10
This definitely was a very big HUH? moment from our history.
Patricia Herchenroether01/31/10
Thanks for a little bit of Babel Bible Babble. (heh, heh)I wrote a poem with that title. Good job.
Bryan Ridenour02/01/10
Well written take on the topic Babel was definitely a "huh" moment. Good Job!
Joy Faire Stewart02/01/10
Excellent poem on topic, and the title is perfect, too.
Jackie Wilson02/01/10
Interesting re-telling of the Babel story. Thanks!
Celeste Ammirata02/01/10
Well written poem. We'd all do well to heed it's warning. Talk about a big Huh? moment.
Beth LaBuff 02/01/10
This is perfect for the topic! Your format was very pleasing. I enjoyed the foreign phrases you used!
Carol Slider 02/01/10
What a fearful moment that must have been! Good job.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz02/01/10
I loved it.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/03/10
Excellent poem--perfectly on topic.
Loren T. Lowery02/03/10
Sometimes when looking for a relevant topic, things seem so obvious that we overlook them completely. This is spot on perfect for the theme definitely written on a master's level.