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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: Surface Deep
By Marlene Bonney


Across from the table she sat,
All chic in a Paris-made hat.
Her eyes lifted up, and behold!
A book by its coverís not told:

For in her gaze depth was concern
Toward me, a fellow unlearned.
She smiled while her kindness cajoled:
A book by its coverís not told.


He limped and was old and all bent,
His clothes showed he hadnít a cent;
Coat ragged with shoes not half-soled;
A book by its coverís not told:

For under his mattress was found
A stash of much cash that was bound
With multiple chains of pure gold!
A book by its coverís not told.


Her laughter, infectious to all,
Rang freely across crowded halls;
The classmates chose her in a poll;
A book by its coverís not told:

ĎCause Loni was wearing a maskó
To cover her pain a hard taskó
Inside she was out of control:
A book by its coverís not told.


Jake Hess was a big guy well-known,
His body huge-muscled and toned;
A brute who was pushy and bold;
A book by its coverís not told:

Down under his oh-so-tough skin,
Jake hid a mild soul deep within;
He slept with a teddy bear old:
A book by its coverís not told.


So wrinkled and lined was her face,
(Too old and infirm to embrace);
She laid there, unkempt and alone;
A book by its coverís not told:

For praying was all that she had
To bless her and make her heart glad;
Godís arms stretched around her sweet soul;
A book by its coverís not told.


An elder at church and revered,
He faithfully served, and appeared
At all the events to enroll;
A book by its coverís not told:

ĎCause all was a practiced veneer
To cover his shame so severeó
His heart was unchanged and ice-coldó
A book by its coverís not told.


I watch people come and then go,
And wonder how much they donít show
Of whatís deep inside that they hold:
A book by its coverís not told:

It seems that we hide from all eyes
The true person buried inside,
Afraid to unfurl all our folds,
A book by its coverís not told.


Unsure to reveal whatís within,
(To open might break our thin skin)
We try to fit into their molds;
A book by its coverís not told:

We fix what the naked eyes see;
Itís easier them to appease:
Revealing just part of the whole,
A book by its coverís not told.


God seeks and He saves our lost souls;
He looks deep within all our holes
And cherishes us thousands-fold;
A book by its coverís not told:

He sent His Son to be born,
Who took on our sins as His own;
Adopting us into His fold:
A Book by its covers foretold.

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Charla Diehl 09/16/10
As your poem suggests, can't judge a book (person) necessarily by their outward appearance. Nice job--perfect title for this piece.
Barbara Lynn Culler09/17/10
WOW! You really see into people! Great job.

This should be a winner!
Mark Kinsman 09/18/10
Well done poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/18/10
Beautifully done. This piece really touched my heart.
Gina Fifo09/22/10
I very much enjoyed this. Nicely done.
Christina Banks 09/22/10
I enjoyed your poem. The title was perfect.
Loren T. Lowery09/23/10
Loved this and can see what it so rightly placed so high. Congratulations. I especially like your last line...it was foretold. Wonderful!
Christina Banks 09/23/10
Congratulations on your well-deserved placement!
Faithful Okoye09/24/10
Wow, this poem was really deep. I loved it.