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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: This Red is Dead
By vincent lyons
06/09/11


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I once followed in the footsteps
Of Marx, Engels and their kind,
Was committed to the ‘betterment of man’
Gladly swallowed all their concepts
Read all ‘red books’ I could find—
To emancipate the masses was my plan.

I was full of good intentions,
Sure the ‘plebs’ would understand
Our philosophy would satisfy their need—
We’d destroy the old conventions,
Class distinctions would be banned,
Rid church and state of the ‘opiate’ of creed.

From my soap-box all looked rosy,
Eager faces spurred me on
For my message was enticing to their ear;
Way back then they all supposed me
One they could depend upon,
Well informed and charismatic and sincere.

But the gloss showed imperfections,
On the surface cracks appeared—
The ‘camaraderie of men’ became a sham;
In my times of introspection
Met the hypocrite I feared—
By God’s grace I saw the wretched man I am.

None can heal another’s eyesight
Whose own vision is impaired,
To be able to assist, he first must see;
Should your guide think night is daylight
You’d have reason to be scared—
Dark as night the light that once shone out of me.

But His Light dispelled the darkness,
Changed my outlook on man’s need,
By His truth I see reality anew,
Sin and death in all their starkness
And the remedy decreed;
I thank God—through Christ He changed my point of view.


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Margaret Kearley 06/10/11
What a brilliant poem and what a testimony! Fantastic word choices, scanning and rhymin. The whole poem is excellent, but the truth of the penultimate verse is staggering! The last verse is just wonderful - praise God for His transforming power! Thankyou.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/11/11
Amen! Great meter and flow-thought provoking as how we can become arrogant and self reliant and often blinded. But God's light shines upon our deeds and praise God He shows us that our ways is not His. When our intentions and thoughts don't line up with His He patiently redirects us and shows grace towards us. God bless!! Nicely written.
Carol Penhorwood 06/15/11
Stunningly powerful and provocative! Loved your choice of words, filled with meaning.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/17/11
Congratulations for placing 11th in Masters and 13 overall!
Bonnie Bowden 06/18/11
This poem had great metre and form. That it placed only 11th in the Master's category shows the depth of writing ability and talent displayed in the competition.

I try to read all your work, because you are so gifted.
Linda Wright06/22/11
This poem is excellent in every way. And the testimony is powerful and glorious! Thank God for the light of Christ that now shines from you. I agree with the lady that reads all your poetry because you are so gifted.