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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: A Strange Prophet
By Melanie Kerr
05/26/11


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Why did you go into the desert?
Who was it you thought you would see?
A man with a passionate message
His words fast and fiery flung free

A man in the mould of Elijah
With camel hair clothes on his back
Who feasted on honey and locusts
A lifestyle lived off the known track

His message was one of repentance
Building a path straight and true
God’s Kingdom he said was approaching
His presence was here to pursue

His scorn was spilled over the leaders
As “vipers” they were not secure
The fruit of their lives was abhorrent
The axe at the tree’s root for sure

He spoke to the lines of the legions
And charged them to be satisfied
To those with the lion’s share of money
Their arms to the poor open wide

To those who collected the taxes
He challenged to deal with their greed
To claim only what was required
And rob not from brothers in need

He promised the coming Messiah
And spoke of baptism by fire
He warned of the soon-coming judgement
With words to affright and inspire

A prophet so strange and unusual
His words were not sweet to the taste
And yet they refused to be silenced
Into us a new heart was placed


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Bonnie Bowden05/27/11
Well written poem about John the Baptist. I really liked the first three lines of the last stanza.
Helen Curtis05/31/11
Of all the people in the Bible, John the Baptist is probably one of the most outlandish! This captures the heart and purpose of JTB concisely and clearly. I, too, especially love the last stanza, but enjoyed the entire poem. Well done.
Philip Barrington05/31/11
Thank you. Well done.
diana kay06/01/11
some great lines here and certainly John the Baptist is a great choice for outlandish :)to be picky and because you have invited comments i did find that some of the rhyming and rhythm of your fourth lines in a few stanzas a little forced.
'His words fast and fiery flung free' this one was a bit of a tongue twister and did not roll of the mouth like honey!
as a poet myself i know ho hard it is to get the rhymes in at times.
i agree that the last couple of lines are a perfect summing up of the whole poem.