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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Editor (05/27/10)

TITLE: For Such A Time As This
By Margaret Kearley
06/02/10


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Mummy, why is everyone so quiet?
Mummy, why are all our friends distressed?
I see the tear thatís forming in your eye, but
I canít work out whatís causing such unrest.
I watched the horse-back couriers furiously riding
Out from the palace, orders in their hand,
What truth is in those letters darkly hiding?
Tell me Mummy, let me understand.


Mummy, I can hear your explanation,
I see whatís made each Jew in Susa cry.
Why has the King allowed such devastation
And ordered every single Jew must die?
Doesnít He know our God in Heaven loves us
And Heís the Mighty God who hears our prayer?
Heíll save us from each foe that would attack, plus
Heíll not forsake or leave us in despair.


Mummy, I hear everyone is saying
That the law to wipe us out canít be repealed,
That means it canít be edited or altered
If by the Kingís own signet itís been sealed.
Now I donít know whatís happíning in the Palace
But Godíll use His chosen ones it must be said.
And by them edit every evil malice
And bring about His purposes instead.




Mummy, can I stay up for the party?
I want to praise and celebrate and sing.
The joy Iím feeling deep down in my heart, see
Is overflowing, bubbling like a spring.
For God chose Esther and good Mordecai
And worked out good from all that was amiss.
He overturned the plans of wicked Haman,
For Godís the greatest Editor there is.


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Laury Hubrich 06/03/10
I love the child-faith expressed in this poem.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse06/04/10
I felt like this should be put to music. It would make a beautiful song. Just beautiful.
Elizabeth Cain06/13/10
I liked how you went with the perspective of a child. The innocence and fear expressed in her questions gave me a glimpse at what families would have been thinking when Haman attempted to kill them all. I really liked the rhythm, and, as always, you approached the topic from a different angle. Loved your creativity!
Mariane Holbrook06/25/10
Margaret, this is an extraordinary poem at every level! Not only the content, but your meter is perfect and your rhyme flawless.

I can't wait to read more of your work! What a blessing!