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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: Words on Walls
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/09/10


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The writing seen upon the wall in King Belshazzar’s banquet hall
Was warning from the Lord of all that this empire was doomed to fall.

The cavemen wrote on cold stone walls with symbols hieroglyphic
Of animals and mighty deeds, both actual and mythic.

On blackboard walls, school masters scripted what their lessons meant,
And naughty children wrote there, too, at times of punishment.

While written words on walls have been since days of yore a common fixture,
Technology of modern times commands a mammoth cyber mixture.

For with the birth of Facebook came a wide-ranged writing venue.
You’ll be amazed at wealth of words from all of those who “friend” you:

Sad remarks and comments glad, unkind words that make you mad
So much to do for school or work, enough to drive a soul berserk
Special days’ congratulations, former schoolmates’ salutations
Philosophy, theology, political disharmony
Family pictures proudly posted, children’s trophies shown and boasted
Rites and rituals ceremonial, secrets of the matrimonial
Delicious meals and recipes, suggestions that are sure to please
Births and deaths, declining health, lost or new discovered wealth
Entertainment, movies, sports, trips to near and distant ports
Spiritual enlightenment, wise sayings and encouragement
Jokes and chuckles just for fun, prayer for when the day is done.

With status updates constantly as scores of people write them,
Then Facebook friends from wall-to-wall find words ad infinitum.

Who knows what kind of walls for writing future days will hold,
But I can’t wait to see the words on heaven’s walls of gold.


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DK Landers11/11/10
A fun poem! I like the rhythm. It starts out slow in the early days, and speeds up in the middle--so indicative of the pace we now keep. Fast!
Nancy Sullivan 11/12/10
I'm with you. "Even so, Lord Jesus, come."
Mona Purvis11/12/10
Goes to show that even in these fast times, we still long for sitting on the front porch, sitting around the dinner table, gathering at Grams so we can be the social creatures God created us to be. He did walk in the garden...
Beth LaBuff 11/12/10
I love your theme, and how you traced in all the way back to Daniel 5, then allowed the reader to consider future walls. Your Facebook section was amazing. You covered everything I've seen there and then some. :) You always make me smile!
Laury Hubrich 11/12/10
Wow! Only you could go from the Old Testament days to Facebook times in a well-construction, fun poem:) Awesomeness!
Henry Clemmons11/13/10
A history of messages on walls. Genious! And very well written. Much talent. A superb entry.
Caitlyn Meissner11/13/10
I enjoyed the structure of your poem, and was impressed by all the rhyming words. Good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/14/10
This is worthy of a wow! Wonderful oh wonderful!
Sarah Elisabeth 11/15/10
Loved the pacing of this. You covered it all well :-)
Rachel Phelps11/16/10
Such fun! Excellent!