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

TITLE: But What is Mightier than the Pen?
By David Pendleton
04/14/10


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The pen is mightier than the sword
To this I must agree
Through history battles have been fought
With no real victory

True for a time it seems to be
The victor wins the spoils
As time goes on the victor falls
Despite his armyís toils

And yet in history generals live
Regaled for battles fought
Long after death we view their path
Their ageless wisdom sought

A written treatise well thought through
May last the tests of time
Expressing well the authorís view
When clear or else in rhyme

Through works as this the author true
Can too gain historyís fame
Remembered as the years go by
A true immortal claim

His work though can have longer reach
Its impact through the years
Can change societies yet unborn
Without the widowís tears

In writing we can seek out truth
And search for dreams long lost
Even learn of battles old
Recount their grisly cost

But time will even wear out pens
Down to a useless nubs
As writings come and writings go
And timeís eraser rubs

The meaningís lost the stanzas pale
The prose becomes a task
Soon only scholars read the words
And in their wisdom bask

But some words pass beyond this trap
Beyond the reach of time
They grow in power every day
An upward glorious climb

No author claims the glory here
The words are shared by all
They talk of plans and battles fought
From long before the Fall

And though they are a written word
Their power does not lie there
It lies behind the paper prints
Itís wisdom free to share

The pen is mightier than the sword
The text sharper than steel
But if its power is thought and truth
Then that is all weíll feel

The Bible is the Word of God
Than words itís mightier still
Because behind it is Godís love
His life, His plan, His will

In the beginning was the Word
And then the Word was Flesh
The Word then hung upon a tree
Our souls with God to mesh

The Word abides with mankind still
Behind the words we read
It tells us how God sent His Son
Our souls from death He freed

So what is mightier than the pen
And bests all feats of arms
What watches over us night and day
And guards from Satanís harms

The answer is clear to all who seek
Its power cannot be hid
It is the Word, the Son of God
To Him our lives are bid

And on that Glorious day to come
When the Word in flesh I see
I will not care for the text I wrote
But for the Word in me


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/15/10
This is so beautiful and really flows nicely. I love the truth you speak about God's word being the mightiest of all.
Beth LaBuff 04/19/10
Very nice work on this clever piece! Your meter and message are super!