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

TITLE: Could It Get Any Worse
By Brian Haugrud
01/14/12


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I stood there speechless as a man was condemned.
Embarrassed to speak up.
I knew he was innocent of the crime that was charged.
My cowardice was real.

The fire was warm so I huddled around.
A young girl talked to me.
Aren’t you the friend who I saw walking with him?
My denial showed my shame.

I remembered a few years back to my fishing days.
A simple life it seemed.
Time spent at sea casting nets in the water.
In my “nothing” box.

Suddenly this man approached my brother and I.
His call we listened to.
I didn’t understand why but we left all that day.
The future so unclear.

I watched this man do unbelievable things.
Could he be the “one”?
Thousands were fed and the sick were healed.
Why couldn’t I do that?

Why has that cock crowed three times now?
Fear gripped my heart.
In the midst of my pride he told me this would happen.
Say it isn’t so.

I watched as they beat him within an inch of his life.
Some friend I am.
He’d done nothing but good but was hated by most.
Did I hate him too?

After his murder He appeared in real life.
Death could not hold Him.
He looked at me with compassion in His eyes.
Feed My sheep.


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Edmond Ng 01/19/12
An excellent piece that speaks to the heart through the eyes of Simon Peter. Good job!
Hiram Claudio01/20/12
I really liked this!

What a fresh perspective on Peter's mindset as he warms himself by the fire that way when he denied the Lord. I enjoyed the honest and very realistic look at his humanity.

Very thought provoking and well written. Very nice work!
CD Swanson 01/20/12
Nice job of bringing Peter's shame to account. Well written and powerfully executed. God Bless~
Toni Babcock 01/20/12
I really like this piece. All the internal conflict keeps the piece moving forward. I hope you save and pull it out again and flesh it out even more as I think you have the bones of a real winner here, too bad we only get a week for submitting these challenges.
Linda Goergen01/21/12
Such a well written poem of Peter’s inner dialog that night, shows how his thoughts shifted from embarrassment to shame. Excellent job.
Noel Mitaxa 01/21/12
A sensitive window into Peter's thinking, in a place where few of us would act differently - if we were Peter.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/21/12
Beautiful job of putting Peter's story into a poem. You did an outstanding job slipping this topic in at so many levels.
Leola Ogle 01/22/12
I love it when a piece makes Bible character so alive. Well written! Good job! God bless!