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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Discern
By Timothy Klingerman
08/19/10


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From the time that they move you from cradle to crib,
Place your tail in a high chair and fasten your bib;
Ev’n before they have taught you it’s evil to fib,
Never mind if your parents are conservative or lib;
There are virtues you’re strongly encouraged to discern:
They are caring and sharing and taking your turn.

After years of this handling, they send you to school,
With teachers pedantic, their treatments so cruel;
If you want to fit in, then you have to be cool,
And if that doesn’t work, you can play the class fool;
But one thing among all, you are forced to discern:
If you want to get out of this school, you must learn!

Then you graduate first in your class—you’re no slob!
But they tell you it’s time that you find a good job.
Climb the corporate ladder, add more keys to your fob,
Reach the heights of society and act like a snob;
And society tells you, if you can’t discern:
Get a job, get to work, and earn, earn, earn, earn!

All the while, you’re unsettled and fear—it creeps in;
For you notice your weak and you cheat and you sin.
When you make an assessment, the answer’s quite grim;
Your transgressions it seems have piled up to your chin.
And with no one to help you, you clearly discern:
I feel all alone, and I’m going to burn!

But here is the place where our tale takes a turn,
There’s a Father who loves you; he wants you to learn
Of his great gift of grace that you never could earn—
One that frees you from sin—now you’re not going to burn!
So there’s only one lesson in life to discern:
Jesus came for you, died for you, and he’ll return.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
This is done in a brilliant way. I wish I could make words sing like that. I really enjoyed the last verse when you summed it all up.
AnneRene' Capp 08/19/10
Charmingly witty! AND more importantly, a bullseye on your messages thourghout.
Ruth Brown 08/19/10
A fun poem with a timely message. Well done. Bless you, Ruth
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.