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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: Confined
By Benjamin Graber
12/03/10


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I could tell the kids felt trapped
In the confinement of their shame,
Their disabilities form
Concrete walls,
With barbed wire
Twisted cruelly at the top.

They called the school a prison,
But the room denied the claim,
Decorated with the posters and pictures
Made by hands gripped tight with anger
Or fear.

No, I can see it in their hearts;
Itís not the school that is a prison,
But the chains of their own weaknesses,
And the wounds of a broken heart.

The world has cast them off as failures;
No longer are they viewed as humans,
But the refuse of society.
They could not fit into the scheme;
Their brokenness denied the pattern
And so they were tossed off the assembly line,
The defective outcasts
Of the perfect machine.

Now what do they have left?
A profuse knowledge of obscenity?
An anger which acts like acid,
Eating at everyone around?
The fears of a hopeless heart
Trapped inside a prison?

But still the room denies the claim,
Decorated with the posters and pictures
Made by hearts that long for love,
Creative hearts that sparkle faintly
Like gems
Which wait inside the rock.


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Beth LaBuff 12/11/10
This is beautiful, thought-provoking, and challenging to the reader. We are so quick to judge (sometimes unintentionally). Your poem cuts the heart like a knife, reminding me that all people deserve respect and have potential, if just given a chance. Very nice!!
Leola Ogle 12/12/10
So beautifully put. I work every day in a ministry that reaches out to the very ones you mention! Thanks for your heart and God bless!
Amanda Brogan12/16/10
Sounds just like the modern public school system, proclaiming that they are in the best interest of the children while teaching them lies.

Big congratulations on your win!!!
Rachel Phelps12/16/10
Wow, what a powerful poem. Congratulations on your EC!
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/16/10
Congratulations on your EC for your powerful poem...in Masters!
Beth LaBuff 12/17/10
Super congrats on your Editor's Choice, Benjamin!