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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)

TITLE: Prodigal
By Benjamin Graber
01/09/12


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I’ve always feared the warmth of light
Like vampires of the night,
So I played my cards and stole your wealth
To aid me in my flight—
With lust I spent your greatest treasures
To buy my darkest pleasures.

But in the midst of all my parties
I saw you standing near,
And knew I was not far enough,
For you could reach me here.
So next I sought a deeper gloom,
To lead me to my doom.

I went from parties into drugs,
Which seemed to be in style,
A way to manufacture joy
And simulate a smile.
But all the promises were drained
And left the dregs of pain—
I cursed my father in my shame,
Yet still you called my name.

When all my treasures had been spent
I found myself in hell—
Where horrors of the night bring pain
No tales could ever tell.
At last I knew the life that’s lead
By the living who are dead.

Yet even darkest nights are pierced
By arrows from the stars—
I thought you could not reach in hell
But you reveal your scars.
The prodigal comes home at last!
Not by what I am,
But only ’cause you’d rather die
Than let my soul be damned.


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bo Jennings01/12/12
I loved your poem. The topic is subtle, but is understood.
The feeling of one being lost in sin and living in our world is real, alive and true.
The good news? God is faithful no matter the darkness one may experience.
Thank you. And, God bless you.

CD Swanson 01/12/12
Powerfully written, good message- and the overall contents can be applied to society and our world today.
Nicely done. God Bless~
Linda Goergen01/12/12
The Father’s love and commitment is like no other, it continues when others have given up.
Great vision of that in this poem...enjoyed.
Judy Sauer 01/13/12
An interesting poem that paints a vivid picture of personal hell. Good work.
Kristine Baker01/14/12
Love the beat of your poem. Commitment is clearly spoken.

Great Writing!!
Margaret Kearley 01/19/12
Staggering and wonderful. Congratulations on your very well deserved placing. The last verse particular is just wonderful - the earlier verses chilling in their dark truth. Great writing.
CD Swanson 01/19/12
Congratulations on a job well done! God Bless~
Hiram Claudio01/19/12
Very nice piece of writing. Wonderful job and congrats on the 1st place award!
Beth LaBuff 01/24/12
Beautiful, haunting, exquisite work! Super congrats on top honors!
Charla Diehl 01/25/12
Great thought-provoking verses throughout this deserving blue ribbon winner!
Amanda Brogan02/03/12
Chillingly powerful! This comment is rather late but ... CONGRATULATIONS! :D
Donna Wilcher 02/26/12
Awesome!
Larry Anderson 05/23/12
I'm new here so not too sure of all the proper protocol... My friend, I believe I've shared some of the same darkness from whence you came! A very powerful message in this piece - a very striking presentation - especially for those who have been there! Thank you so much for the powerful close... He is the Only One Who can make the difference! AMEN
Rev. L. Anderson
http://www.voiceof1cries.com