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

TITLE: The Fool Has Said in His Heart
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Some ants, while working underground,
Decreed, “There is no sun.”
For this pronouncement, they made signs
To share with everyone.

Inside the woods, an elephant
Who saw the signs concluded,
“The murkiness beneath the trees
Just proves a sun’s excluded.”

The owl, who squinted at the signs
Beneath the moon’s diffusion,
Averred believers of the sun
Were suffering delusion.

A little bear, inside a cave
For winter’s hibernation,
Concurred with words upon the sign,
Expressing some frustration.

An ostrich told about the signs
Accorded they were right.
“With my head in the sand,” he said,
“It’s always dark as night.”

The rabbits in their hutches and
The squirrels in leafy trees
Declared the signs a sentiment
With which they could agree.

The lion, though he saw the sun,
Put forth his point of view.
“If I can’t touch it, it’s not real;
I say the signs are true.”

The sun awakened with the dawn,
Alive with colors richly drawn.
The sun awakened with the dawn,
Ignored the signs. and shone right on.

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Rachel Phelps12/10/10
Fabulous! Excellent in every way.
Joanne Sher 12/11/10
So very clever - enjoyed this so much - and LOVE that last stanza especially!
Beth LaBuff 12/11/10
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your premise. This is wonderful (words, meter, rhyme, and creativity) and your message shines!!!
Dolores Stohler12/12/10
Terrific imagery. Given the last paragraph, I would say it's allegorical. Nicely done.
Anita van der Elst12/12/10
Ditto all of the above! I think this would be great in one of those photo style giftbooks.
Edmond Ng 12/14/10
Excellent illustration of Psalm 14:1 showing how some refuse to believe because they do not see, yet despite all odds, the Lord unveils Himself to them.
Lollie Hofer12/14/10
Excellent...imagery, flow, rhythm. I thoroughly enjoyed the powerful message of this poem as well. Great job.
Catrina Bradley 12/14/10
I love the message you so expertly versed in this poem. Only one line (in the ostrich stanza) made me trip on the meter. I like how you changed up the rhyme in the last stanza - a very effective ending. Excellent job!!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/14/10
Wow! This just oozes so much talent. I feel enlightened after reading it just once. There are so many places that this could be used to spread a few different messages. Outstanding! You and God deserve acstanding ovation on this one!!
Connie Dixon12/15/10
I loved this until I got to the end, then I really loved it. You had some great lines and insights in this piece - it really "shined" for me. :o)
Amanda Brogan12/15/10
Wow! This is [i]amazing[/i]! I absolutely love this allegory that shows very clearly and creatively how much of the world views the existence of God. For those living in darkness, it seems silly to believe in the Son. But in the end, those who deny His existence are the fools.
If you don't mind, I think I'm going to print myself off a copy of this.

Hope it does awesome in the rankings!
Amanda Brogan12/15/10
Oops. Guess I should have put amazing! HeHe! Oh well.
Michael Joshua12/16/10
Excellent! I love this - great job - as always!
Amanda Brogan12/16/10
Congratulations!!! I knew this piece would do well. ;)
Rachel Phelps12/16/10
So glad this was so high in the placings! Loved it!
Chely Roach12/16/10
FABULOUS, Verna! Congrats!
Henry Clemmons12/16/10
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I am very happy to see this place. I loved it!
Margaret Kearley 12/16/10
Excellent Verna. A fantastic poem - full of lessons. Congratulations on your win.
Beth LaBuff 12/17/10
Verna, just wanted to say how excited I was to see this on the EC list! Super congrats, twin! <3 :)
Graham Starling12/18/10
A well deserved place and EC. Great message, well told, superb last verse to wind things up. This is all that poetry should be (IMHO)
Patricia Turner12/21/10
Fantastic double entendre here - fun and wonderfully metered. Congratulations on your EC!