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

TITLE: A Taste of Vengeance
By Kenn Allan
07/22/10


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A TASTE OF VENGEANCE

At times it seems Forgiveness plays
A fleeting role in old clichés—
To be discarded or ignored
Depending on whose ox is gored
Or when a bitter teardrop drips
The taste of vengeance on the lips.

At first the tang is sickly sweet,
But quickly sours to vile conceit—
Dissolving conscience and regrets
With restless sleep and midnight sweats
Until it burns a ragged hole
Right through the substance of the soul.

Nobody wins a prideful war
Declared to "even up the score"
Once tongues are sharpened to berate
And rumor mills regurgitate
With no concern for pain or cost—
The longer fought, the greater lost.

So if we have been wronged (or not),
We should obey what Jesus taught—
To love thy neighbor as thy self
And leave our egos on the shelf,
For only love can heal the woe
One taste of vengeance can bestow.


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Charla Diehl 07/22/10
Rhyme, meter and message are spot on in this poetic entry. Great job.
Margaret Kearley 07/23/10
An incredible poem - so true and so challenging.
Beth LaBuff 07/23/10
You are definitely out of the box on this one. A favorite line, "Depending on whose ox is gored." Fantastic work here, and a tasteful warning! :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
Wonderful for word choice, message, and poetic excellency.
Joan Campbell07/24/10
Great poem, with a creative take on the topic that really makes it stand out.
Linda Germain 07/25/10
Wow! You have grasped truth by its roots and planted it right before our eyes. The insight and understanding you have expressed can only come from life experience and Christian maturity. This is worth memorizing...or at least taping to the mirror and reading every day! Well done.
AnneRene' Capp 07/26/10
This is soul saturating sweetness of righteousness. Superb!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/26/10
Beautifully done and a wonderful reminder.
Kate Oliver Webb07/28/10
What a great job you've done here! The meter is awesome (not a speed bump or swerve the whole trip); wonderful imagery, and a message that goes straight to the heart. Style and substance--all too rare these days--and you've nailed this one.
Beth LaBuff 07/29/10
Welcome back, Kenn! Congrats!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/29/10
Excellent message told as only you can. Congratulations!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.
Ifeoma Dennis10/03/10
What of the forgiveness you owe yourself?
That's the hardest of all..

May God help us all.

Remain blessed~