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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: Reason Says - Heart Decides
By Melanie Kerr
04/21/11


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Reason says
“Keep walking!”
A man on the road
Bone-broke and battered
Blood seeps
Flies dance
But compassion rises
The heart decides
To stop

Reason says
“It’s a trap”
Behind the boulders
Concealed in the shadows
Bandits wait
Brigands lurk
But courage rises
The heart decides
To stay

Reason says
“Not one of us!”
The body bears the stamp
The colour and cut of difference
Foreign face
Foreign faith
But tenderness rises
The heart decides
To help

Reason says
“Only enough and no more!”
The things that I would have traded
My meagre living
Thick oil
Rich wine
I ought to ration not lavishly spill
But generosity rises
The heart decides
To give

Reason says
“What’s in it for me?”
Purse emptied and a promise of more to come
I leave without applause or autographs
No forwarding address
No backward glance
But contentment rises
The heart decides
To love

Reason says
“Not worth it.”
The rebellious human race on the road
Bone-broke and battered
Enemy of God
Wrath deserving
But salvation rises
God’s heart decides
To rescue


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Mona Purvis04/21/11
Perfect examples of how Christians should respond and the doubts often faced before doing so.
Well-written, no waste, no fluff--just truth.

mona
Connie Dixon04/22/11
What a great salvation story. Poetry like this makes me love poetry. Great job.
Catrina Bradley 04/24/11
Wonderful poetic writing of the Good Samaritan parable. Love it.
Gwen Plauche04/26/11
I love the style of this! I look forward to reading more of your work! Thanks for sharing.
Debra Hindman04/27/11
Great attack on REASON vs Faith! Clear and moving salvation story.
Connie Dixon04/28/11
Congratulations! So much truth and insight here.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/28/11
This is powerful. I'm glad I listened with my heart. Congratulations on your EC
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/29/11
I really like the form you chose: Reason says...but. This makes the contrast really stand out in your inspiring poem. Congraulations on EC.