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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: The Feast
By Melanie Kerr
07/22/10


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A certain man prepared a feast
A festival of taste
The table set with sumptuous food
And name cards carefully placed

The guest list filled with A list stars
The rich and famous kind
With straight white teeth and dazzling smiles
The “best” of all mankind

The meal was set, the call went out
“Come, guests – it’s time to eat”
And paparazzi hung about
To snap the crowd elite

The first excuse, delivered by
A beeping mobile phone
“I cannot come, a photo shoot
Promoting my cologne!”

Another called, “My agent’s phoned
To break the happy news
As guest on Oprah, don’t you know?
To freely air my views.”

Another cancellation came
“A once and only chance
To live with strangers in a house
My image to enhance…”

The certain man became quite cross
The paparazzi – bored
The caviar and peking duck
Were blatently ingored

“Go quickly,” said the certain man,
“Through every town and street
Invite them all, the poor, the blind
On twitter freely tweet.”

From very nook and cranny came
The lost, the lame, the least
They ate, they drank, they talked, they laughed
And all enjoyed the feast

They tasted food from far and wide
A meal but fit for kings
And took home bags of goodies filled
With gold and shiny things

“I tell you true, I speak no lie,”
The certain man declared
“Not one of those, I asked to come
Will taste what I’ve prepared!”

The King of Heaven hosts a feast
With invitations sent
Be not consumed with petty aims
And miss this great event!


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Margaret Kearley 07/23/10
Wonderful! What a great up to date version of the parable. Love the rhymes. The excuses are brilliant, though sad.
Beth LaBuff 07/23/10
Wow! I LOVE this! Your modern-day interpretation of this Bible story is genius. Your ending stanza is great!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
I loved your modern poetic version of the parable. The message rings true.
Joan Campbell07/24/10
Wow! A delightful, easy flow to this poem. I loved the modern elements - paparazzi and tweeting, and the powerful message. Excellent work.
Ada Nett07/26/10
Even though the over-all tone of the verse is almost "light-hearted",this style and the modern-day setting serve to drive the Biblical truth straight to the heart.
Blessings,
~Cathy~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
This is such a creative, modernized twist on the parable. You are very clever, I so enjoyed it.
AnneRene' Capp 07/26/10
This is outstanding in originality, depth and prose!
Allison Egley 07/26/10
Oh, I like this modern retelling.

I knew what this was about from the first line, but still really enjoyed it.

I loved the excuses they gave. :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.