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

TITLE: Empty Slate
By Benjamin Graber
06/03/10


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I wrote a story punctuated
With exclamation marks,
And illustrated every page
With all my fervid quirks—

I bent the rules of grammar
To match with my desires,
For what appeals to all my patrons
But all that I’ve acquired?

I sent my story to be published,
That I could win my fame,
And write a page in history
So all would know my name!

But oh, how quickly dreams are vanquished
And hopes abroad will sink—
The Editor returned my pages
Immersed in scarlet ink!

A life consumed for passion
Is not worth being sung!—

Are all the pages I have written
Worth nothing more than dung?

I stared with eyes that brimmed with tears
At the words that I selected—
It was too late to edit choices,
My life had been rejected…

But as I gazed at every error,
They began to disappear!
The scarlet ink was scouring each
Until the page was clear!

I wasted time on my empty novel,
But now I lift my pen
To write a story of the grace
Allowing me to write again!


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Philippa Geaney 06/03/10
Wow, wow, wow. So well done, so laser accurate.
Karen Pourbabaee 06/06/10
Enjoyed your poem esp the last stanza, it truly is His grace that allows us to continue on.
Amanda Brogan06/10/10
Beautiful! I'm so glad that Jesus wipes away our every mistake and gives us an empty slate to start again - so that we can persevere both in our writing and in our life.

Another wonderfully enjoyable, and truth-filled poem! :)