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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: The Biggest White Lie~
By C D Swanson


I turned down an invitation
to a birthday party.
I didn’t want to attend
I thought I was being a smarty.

I smiled and was relieved
I didn’t have to show.
I thought to myself
No one will ever know.

I met a person in line at the store lamenting the party was for a jerk
She asked what I was going to wear
I said I was going to work.

I felt bad about “the excuse”
And the lie I began to tell
As I walked out the door
I heard someone yell.

I saw another friend waving her hand
As she began to walk my way
The invitation in her purse
I listened to what she had to say.

She began to dissect all that was wrong
With the invitation and the person the party was for
I began to feel upset and guilt rushed in
I knew what I had to do I couldn’t lie any more.

I got in my car and looked up to heaven
God thanks for opening my eyes so I might see
I called the girl and told her I could make it after all
She was so happy to hear from me.

She said through tears I almost called it off
You see out of all the invitations no one could attend
I thought I had no friends no one cares about me
I believe it was all make believe and they did pretend.

Thank God for friends like you
Who always seem to come through
You made my day in every way
You are amongst the chosen few.

As I hung up I smiled and felt good
I started my car to head for my internist
When will I possibly ever learn
That it is always best to do things in earnest.

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Edmond Ng 08/12/11
An excellent poem that conveys a clear message how we ought not to be the same as the crowd. Unless we be different and live out Christ in our lives, some souls can be hurt and lost for the wrong reasons. I especially like the ending of your poem, "That it is always best to do things in earnest."
Linda Goergen08/13/11
I thought this poem was about high-school girls and how badly behaved and cliquish that age can often be, but I was kind of shocked by poem’s end when I had more the impression of it being adults! Because the behavior was so immature! But of course bad behavior comes in all ages!

That poor dear, how heartbreaking for sure it would be to have everyone you invited to your party not come. My first thought - with friends like that who are back-biting behind her back and calling her a jerk, etc - who needs enemies, with friends like that! Praise God the MC of this poem had her eyes opened. Sometimes it can be such a small thing, that can make a big difference in someone’s life, showing them someone cares.

This evokes lots of emotion for sure and a call to try and remember to put ourselves in the other’s shoes when making decisions that involves others.
Andrea Willard 08/13/11
This poem evokes simply edginess. The girl or woman who changed her mind brought reliefto my heart.
We want to hear laughter and joy and see kindness and love, but it's just not always to be. Tone? Discordant. Discordant music slides me off my seat. This didn't. It has a happy ending.
darlene hight08/15/11
Well written and good reminder ~ a lie is a lie none of them are white
Ethel C Pechman05/18/12
Thank you for criticking my article, It is nice to meet someone who loves truth. I love your Poem, "The Biggest White Lie."
The Lord Jesus bless you.

I loved your article and the truth of it.