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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Deliverance
By Melanie Kerr
02/24/11


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Did you think
He would not see
The centuries
Of cruelty?
Did you think
He would not hear
The snap of whips
The cries of fear?
Did you think
You’d get away
With such unbridled
Foul play?
Wounds inflicted
Lives cut short
Stifled mercy
Pride-filled thought
You did not care
To keep in mind
Shared history
And ties that bind
A man who lived
In centuries past
In years of famine
Food amassed
You suffered less
Because of him
But time goes by
And memories dim
So fearful now
With insults crude
“The enemy”
You now conclude
You make your plans
Your cities build
Consider not
The blood you’ve spilled
A time of vengeance
Now draws near
Listen, silent!
Can’t you hear?
That God you thought
You had devoured
Defeated soundly
Overpowered?
That God is marching
Out to war
Upon your lives
His wrath will pour!
Egypt, you have
Had your day
The Lord of Hosts
Is on His way
He holds Creation
In his hand
Prompt to move
At His command
The Lord of Hosts
On Israel's side
His justice flows
A river wide
Deliverance
Has come this day
All opposition?
Blown away


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Michael Throne02/26/11
This is good. I had to read it through a couple of times, but then I liked it very much. I appreciate the thought that God's timeline is not our own, and He’s in charge. Nice rhythm, effortless(?) rhymes...well done!
Bonnie Bowden02/28/11
This was a very creative poem. It took me to the very end to figure out that God's judgment was going against Egypt.
diana kay03/02/11
great poem. I love the rhythm it feels like blows of a hammer.
I think it could do with some division into "verses" as there are natural pauses in the flow. cant fault it otherwise :-)
Sara Harricharan 03/02/11
Very nice! I enjoyed the smooth read and especially the rhyme scheme. I kind of wish it was divided into verses/stanzas, so it would be easier to keep my place when reading, but this is still very beautifully written.
Edmond Ng 03/02/11
I like the way you put across the message within the limit of maximum four words per line. Excellent poem and writing!
Bonnie Bowden03/03/11
Congratulations on your EC award. It really was a powerful poem.
Beth LaBuff 03/05/11
I read this a couple times, too.. the second with all the aha moments, like your reference to Joseph helping store grain during the famine, and years later, how the children of Israel became slaves. I'll add another comment. "Wow!" Congrats on your EC!