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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Download/Upload (11/17/11)

TITLE: Sexting
By Benjamin Graber
11/28/11


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’Tis a flimsy barrier
Between you and your fame;
You can feel her calling you,
Her icy fingers drawing you,
Tempting you to sit upon a throne,
As a queen of popularity.

A single touch would break the glass,
A single click would crown your name
With the laurels of fame,
As the world marvels
In your beauty.

A simple move
At a little price,
And all this is yours.

But beware, young Eve;
Before you take the fruit
Have you measured the full extent
Of the costs?

Every word that crosses the barrier
Echoes through millenniums;
The sorrowful woman
Who would take back her choices
Watches them color the ocean
As she attempts to dam the flow.
In vain she would use her bucket
To catch them again;
In vain she throws her blood into it
To purge the stains.

Will you be a prostitute
To win a crown of fame?
To share your treasures
May win you the approval
Of hungry men,
But you will watch your choice
Color the ocean
And the taste of fame
Will make you sick.


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Cheryl von Drehle12/02/11
This is a beautifully written compelling work. I love the imagery of words and ocean woven throughout. I see a slight glimmer of the topic, but not clearly. (In fact, I had to go back and remind myself what the topic is!) The title helped. Nevertheless, poetry can be like that…elusive. Rhythm, word choice, images and crafting – all excellent. So even if not spot on topic, I loved this read…enough to repeat it. Great job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/02/11
Wow this is intense. I wish everyone who considers this as harmless fun could read and really understand your words. Spot on topic. Beautiful
Nancy Bucca 12/03/11
I too thought this was riveting but had a hard time seeing the topic in it clearly. The language was intense, the piece beautifully written. So I'm thinking, yes, the topic's in there. I can see what's being uploaded and what's being downloaded, and no matter what it is a unique read.



Hiram Claudio12/06/11
I thought this was wonderful. Very moving and intense. Held me to the end and the writing was magnificent.

I can see the topic in there so honestly, I only had one concern. I'm not sure I see how the title fits the piece. That part escaped me.

But this was a wonderfully written with a powerful message too!
CD Swanson 12/11/11
This was interesting and well written - Thank you. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/16/11
Congratulations for ranking 18th overall!