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

TITLE: A Conversation Between Tongue And Sword
By Cecile Hurst
04/13/10


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Tongue:
We each, shaft straight
are fast as the arrow.

Sword:
Twisting of fate!
You've no bone or marrow!

Tongue:
Straight still I am...
pen used and not sheilded.

Sword:
Alas, a-men.
We both, true, are weilded.


Tongue:
Ink permantent,
lasting through history.

Sword:
Blood eminent,
time circulatory.

Tongue:
Metal and frill!
You think you are mighty?

Sword:
Be flesh or quill,
o'er you I'm almighty.


Tongue:
Oh dear, poor fool.
Truly disillusioned.

Sword:
Shall we then duel?
It's your death commissioned...

Tongue:
You threaten, sure.
But tell now, what of love?

Sword:
Conquest! Rescue!
Fairytales undreamed of!


Tongue:
Let me express,
in pen all truthfulness¡­

Sword:
Do so ¨C regress!
I have no weakliness.


Tongue:
You¡­
You can not woo without coercion.
You can not greet without suspicion.
You are but forcer of decision.
You are not maker of a vision.
You will not take for you possession.
You will not leave lasting impression.
You only take to you aggression.
You only leave the soul¡¯s extension.
Yes you.

But I¡­
I make the heart accelerate!
I memory take and annotate.
I give choices then obligate.
I help through life, to navigate.
I cause things to appreciate.
I can all pain alleviate.
I with a verb abmoinate!
I make the soul to levitate.
I¡­

Sword:
Stop now, no more.
You've cut me good and fair.

Tongue:
See now the core!
My words have laid all bare.


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harvestgal Ndaguba04/15/10
Wow, totally awesome, I loved it and so creative too. Awesome work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
This unlike anything I've ever read, but it drew me in and fascinated me.
Beth LaBuff 04/16/10
What a super creative entry with this conversation. I enjoyed it as it challenged me!
Benjamin Graber04/22/10
Oh, I really like the format of this poem.
One thing to consider: I thought some of the rhymes were a bit forced, and the rhymes were not needed with such a creative structure.
I really found the format very interesting and creative - great job!