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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Comedy of Errors (not about the play) (08/18/11)

TITLE: Face Value
By Brian Haugrud
08/19/11


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A jogging wife; husband behind.
Peddling along; talking kind.
Meet a girl; sure college age.
She smiles at wife; we turn the page.

She looks at him with scowling face.
Then looks away and shows disgrace.
She greets the wife in proper form.
No words for him which seemed her norm.

Both would meet her on their way.
Both would greet a pleasant day.
Why the different face to see?
Why greet the wife so pleasantly?

A life of pain; a life of fear.
Deep down inside we think a tear.
Maybe a man didnít treat her well.
Maybe a father cast his spell.

We read these faces as we go.
Each a story that they will show.
We pray that God will give us sight.
As we interpret each ones plight.

It seems we all portray a view.
A written screen on face pursue.
A story told with shadowed fact.
A glimpsing view; all thatís intact.

When others eyes look on your face.
A deep felt hurt or warm embrace?
A hidden life so deep within.
An outward smile but hardened sin.

Please understand when someone meet.
You donít know victory or defeat.
Just show them love that Christ can give.
And pray through Jesus they can live.


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Noel Mitaxa 08/26/11
Thought-provoking, yet I'm not sure where the comedy was. But then it's late as I review, so I may be slowed down a little. God bless.
Juliette Chamberlain-Bond08/28/11
Yes, the smile or frown can be so revealing.
It really does make one wonder what is going on in that young girl's head.
The problem is that so often if we try to second guess it, we actually get it wrong.

Like the previous reader I am a little confused regarding the topic relevance, but the entry is interesting nonetheless.

Juliette
Tom Parsons 08/28/11
I, too, fail to see the comedy aspect of this otherwise meaningful observation.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/09/11
This is really lovely. I enjoyed the message of not judging one by appearance. It is so relevant in the world today. It makes me reflect on all of the times I expressed my opinion too hastily. It is a good way to demonstrate the errors of my ways.