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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Sword of Truth
By vincent lyons
04/11/10


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The regime continues on
Though the child of peace is gone—
He held a sign up—“Peace!” it read,
Before a tank—now he is dead;
“Democracy”! The spokesman said.

“All men are equals”—one insists,
“Comrades all, pure socialists”;
But when their day of rule had come
Disenfranchised everyone,
Enforced their writ by sword and gun.

In “Mein Kampf” dark thoughts unfurled
Are foisted on a clueless world;
Swastikas line city streets,
Masses throng when Hitler speaks;
His sword and pen destruction wreaks.

Mass graves bear sober testament,
Which scribes and poets sore lament;
Dupes of war by dogmas led,
Lands destroyed and millions dead;
Since Eden’s fall, the earth’s run red.

Swords arise in every age,
Impose their will through wrath and rage;
Pens of men, though good intend
Can’t reverse the deathward trend;
War’s appointed ‘till the end.

All vain philosophies of pen
Are birthed in natures ruled by sin:
Pens submitted to the Lord,
Bowed before His holy Word
Know His pen’s The Spirit’s Sword.

Sword of The Spirit pierces depths
Where secrets of the heart are kept,
Separates twixt heart and soul,
Makes repentant sinners whole:
God’s pen and sword achieve their goal.


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Lisa Johnson 04/15/10
Timely. Relevant. Hopeful. Victorious.

I liked the progression of your poem.
Loren T. Lowery04/15/10
This so reminds me of the works of classical masters in this field of poetry and thought such as Goethe. It added a totally new dimension to my day today - thank-you!
Beth LaBuff 04/15/10
Parts of this are chilling, and parts are a warning, but the ending "truth" shines! Excellent work!!
Charla Diehl 04/15/10
Excellent entry and precisely fits the topic.
Joan Campbell04/16/10
I thoroughly enjoyed this powerful and concise poem. I like the way you ended with the ultimate victory of God's Word.
Donna Wolther04/16/10
Amen. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
Very powerful words.
Patricia Herchenroether04/17/10
You are indeed a master poet.
Very interesting rhyme scheme and meter. aa,bbb. Perfect flow. I give it a 10!
Lynda Schultz 04/17/10
Well done—a truth well expressed.
angelos2 wark04/20/10
Beautifully written!

For those of us who aspire to soar on poetic wings, this is pure inspiration!!

Thank you.