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

TITLE: The Comedy at Columbine
By Benjamin Graber
08/25/11


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It was funny
Stuffing kids in lockers,
As if to package them up
And ship them off
Straight to hell.

It was funny
Painting boys with ketchup
And watching them wear
Their red badge of shame
For the rest of the day,
As if their dignity had died
And left its blood
For all to see.

It was funny
Naming losers “queer”,
High from the throne
Of your laurelled masculinity,
As if to castrate them
With the scalpels
Of your social status.

It was funny
Living as kings and queens,
Watching your serfs
Bob their way around you,
Daring not to touch
Even your footprints
Because of the fear
Of being ground into the dust
Beneath your feet.

Yes, it was hilarious,
But when the joke
Was fully told,
And fifteen crosses stood
At Rebel Hill,
Nobody laughed
But Satan himself.

Note: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates, 1 teacher, and themselves in a shooting spree at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.


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Kellie Henningsen08/27/11
Wow! This was intense yet to the point and very powerful. Loved and yet hated the last two lines.
Juliette Chamberlain-Bond08/28/11
A real comedy of errors, but certainly no joke.
A touching story exolaining the background to the massacre of so many young people and a teacher.
Satan, really does love such jokes.
You tell the story well and fit it perfectly into the topic.

Juliette
CD Swanson 08/30/11
This was told in dramatic and shocking fashion. I was imnpressed with the details of the story, and very sad at the ending. But, I smile knowing that all perpertrators of evil be taken care of at judgment day from our GOD who always wins! Amen. Nice job...God bless~
Linda Goergen08/31/11
This was a chilling read as I remember the incident from TV, but I see no comedy of errors, just childish, hateful acts that helped fuel even greater hateful action. I’m sure Satan laughed, but what he put in the minds of those kids was no error, just a diabolical plan. Good job bringing vision and remembrance again, to this tragic incident.
Helen Curtis09/01/11
Powerful and chilling. What a sad time that was for everyone involved and those of us watching on in horror. You wrote this so very well. Congrats on your 2nd place and EC.
CD Swanson 09/02/11
Congratulations on your win...God Bless~