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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: The Frog and the Leper
By Melanie Kerr


Rumour has it
Thereís a princess
Kissing frogs
In the park
So Iím hopping over
Armed with faith
That with a kiss
This frog can be transformed

I skip
Betwixt bike and bus
Squealing brakes
And strident horns
Mind the dog
And the kid with the skateboard
I think about the kiss
And how my life will change

A rumour Ė nothing more
Not a princess
Just a girl called Janet
In a pink sparkly dress
She has no power
To change me
A kiss perhaps but
No transformation

Rumour has it
Thereís a man
Healing lepers
In Capernaum
So Iím stumbling over
Armed with faith
That with a touch
I can be transformed

I stagger
Betwixt hope and despair
Freezing fears
And promised possibilities
Mind the dog
And the kid with the stones
I think about the touch
And how my life will change

Rumour? No Ė but real truth
There is a man
Jesus of Nazareth
God clothed in human flesh, I think
He has the power
To change me
One touch
And I am forever transformed

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Catrina Bradley 11/06/10
I like the parallels in the two parts of this poem. The first half made me smile, and the second half made me go "ahhh". Then I read it all over again. I really enjoyed this!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/10
You have an amazing talent. Well done!
Cheryl Harrison11/08/10
I enjoyed this. Loved the switch from the kid with the skateboard to the kid with the stones. Also, the contrast between deception and truth. Good job.
Charla Diehl 11/08/10
Blue ribbon writing. I enjoyed this piece as it clearly defines the difference between empty promises and the real deal.
Rachel Phelps11/09/10
I like the way you compared these two incidences. Really great. I always respect those who can do poetry so well.
Lillian Rhoades 11/10/10
Truth wrapped in free verse - one of my favorite forms of creative expression.
Loved it!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/11/10
Congratulations on your first place EC!
Henry Clemmons11/11/10
Congratulations, Melanie. I loved it. Great message with a super road that lead there.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/11/10
Congratulations on EC for this really creative poem with a wonderful message.
Patricia Turner11/11/10
WOW! I love the meter and the message, and the skill that brought it all about! Wonderful!

Congratulations on your 1st place and EC!
Carol Penhorwood 11/11/10
Transformational! Congratulations on your awesome piece!
Joan Campbell11/11/10
Your poem is lovely and powerful. Congratulations on 1st place, Melanie!
Lollie Hofer11/11/10
Congratulations on your well-deserved recognition. Beautifully written with a message of hope. Well done.
Troy Manning11/14/10
Congratulations, Melanie! I enjoyed your well-written parallel approach. :0)
Bonnie Bowden 01/07/11
I really enjoyed the rhythm and message of the poem. Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 07/01/11
Melanie, congratulations for your placing in Best of the Best with this wonderfully creative poem!
Margaret Kearley 07/04/11
I love this. Missed it the first time round but its great to read it now. Many congratulations on your B of the B placing - well deserved.
Mona Purvis07/04/11
Congrats on being in the BOB winners!

Joanne Sher 07/08/11
Just awesome, Mel! No wonder you're a BoB placer. Super job - congrats, my friend!
Troyce Tollison07/16/11
How interesting!

Congratulations Winners.
Good Job.
Jim's poem reminds me of ee cummings. He always amused me by his writings.
Eliz has a nice narrative poem - a beautiful story poem. I saw people gathering berries along the walking track at the Civic Center as I was walking. Strange how folk are the same from the eons.

and Melanie has splendidly used the short free verse.
Bonnie Bowden 07/29/11
Congratulations on becoming an overall winner.
God does have a wonderful transforming touch.

I loved this poem from the first time I read it!
Wesley Hesketh 08/29/11
I'm not really good at this but here goes. Good message. There isn't any substitute for Jesus and His cleansing blood. I know it changed me.
I did not understand the phrase: Mind the dog and the kid with the stones. Nice piece. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks
Catherine Maher08/30/11
From fairy tale princes to the real prince of peace. The Lord really knew what we needed, didn't He? I think you did such a "wonder" filled job showing the vulnerable part of a heart searching for that miracle.
Colleen Fischinger 04/21/12
Wow! Praise to Jesus!
Anne Linington06/27/12
Congratulations on 1st place in Masters. Please, please, please get that book published if yoy ahven't already done so!
e-mail Anne.linington@tiscali.co.uk if you would like to catch up any time.