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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: Jewels in the Dump
By Benjamin Graber
12/06/11


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In a frenzied search for meaning
People scatter dirty laundry
Across the highway,
Craving glory,
Or a bite of fame,
Or at least a passing glance,
But they litter in vain
As their pennants fall to the ground
Unnoticed.

One person exposing his trash
Would be a spectacle,
And several
Would make a circus.
But the billions that litter the thoroughfares
Only create a dump
Of smelly garments,
Turning the highways of our modern world
Into slums of misery.

But in spite of the garbage
That pollutes these arteries,
I make my way
Through the mess,
Turning over the rubbish
To look underneath.

I have not given up
Wandering the highways,
’Cause in all this mess
I unearth jewels
Hidden beneath the junk,
As I find the moments
When you’ve revealed your heart.
Even in the ugliest of places
There is beauty
As two hearts touch,
And each
Brings a piece of heaven
To the other.


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Kelvin Fowler12/15/11
Hmmm nice poem.
Linda Goergen12/16/11
Interesting poem. Though I'd personally prefer to think there are more jewels out there than trash. The view of this poem is very well written.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/18/11
I really enjoyed this message in verse.
CD Swanson 12/29/11
Congrats on your HR standing, nicely done!
God Bless~
Amanda Brogan12/29/11
It truly is amazing how we can find jewels of wisdom in unlikely places. Well-stated.

Congrats on your Editor's Choice, Benjamin!
Cynthia Carter12/31/11
This one needs to be read slowly and several times to savour its depths. Congratulations!
Michael Throne01/05/12
I enjoyed this poem. I especially liked the first stanza... "Craving glory, Or a bit of fame, Or at least a passing glance..." Nicely phrased. The rest is also quite good. You make good use of key words in your descriptions. Well done!