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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: rain (10/17/05)

TITLE: Testaments
By Linda Watson Owen
10/22/05


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The hammer rang, blow after blow.
The mocking did not stop.
Jeers and sneers and laughter crass
were hurled from drunken mobs.

The nails sunk in. The wood was placed
in just the needed form.
Even family looked askance
through their internal storms.

“You fool!” some cried, ”You’re such a joke!
Now don’t you think it’s odd?
You’re hearing ‘voices’? Sure you are!
All madmen talk with ‘God’!”

“Come on, now fellas,” others teased,
“The show has just begun!
Sit back, relax, enjoy yourselves!
Drink up! Let’s have some fun!”

“This guy’s a loon, a ‘prophesier’!
He preaches gloom and doom!
If he’d have fallen in with us,
he’d sung a different tune!”

“I just can’t stand a goody-good!
It gets beneath my skin!
He’ll get his, and I’ll be glad!
Just wait, and we’ll show him!”

Low thunder rumbled in the west,
but only one man heard.
The hammer rang, blow after blow.
His inner spirit stirred.

The time had come. The heavens quaked.
A mist was just the hint,
as skies above came closing in,
placed near for sure judgment.

The evil hordes grew restless then
and paused in all their taunts,
passing glances, ill at ease,
yet ignorant of their want.

Fresh rain began to fall to earth
quite pleasant in its path,
not yet exposing the full truth
of God’s unerring wrath.

Then sure rain pelted, purposeful
in covering all below,
but no ease came as villains fled
the sting of Heaven’s flow.

Harder now the arrows came
that pointed to the ground,
while bows of thunder shook the depths
where godless men were bound.

But one man rose above the tide
with those who clung to him,
as evil drowned in waves of choice
deluged by their own sin.

This Testament both Old and New
still stands for one and all.
There is one Truth, one Way to Life.
Heed now Salvation’s call!


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dub W10/27/05
Much like an epic, this is a story poem. A touch here and there and much can be done with this. Thanks for posting.
Cassie Memmer10/27/05
I 'hear' music accompaniment to this! Would make a beautiful Resurrection Day reading. Beautiful!
Phyllis Inniss 10/28/05
I like this poem. The movement matches the mood of the poem, and the jeers of the drinkers were drowned with their fears.
Laurie Glass10/28/05
This is such a great poem. You never disappoint.
Garnet Miller 10/28/05
I love this poem. Despite the insults, Noah held fast to God's instructions. We should hold up so well when people criticize us and what we stand for! We can learn much from the ones who have gone before... Thanks for such a well written poem:)
Linda Watson Owen10/28/05
Note form the author: Thank you all for the wonderfully encouraging comments. I am experimenting a little in this poem with the concept that it is about two Biblical figures at the same time. If anyone picked up on that I'd be thrilled. If not, well, it was an attempt anyway! Haha! (And please, don't hold back on specific criticisms.)
Shari Armstrong 10/29/05
This one gave me chills -amazing!!!Loved the image of the bows and arrows!
Shari Armstrong 10/29/05
Yes -I did catch the double meaning - I kept debating if it was about Jesus or Noah -then I finally realized it was both - again amazing!
Julianne Jones10/29/05
Phew! I thought I'd missed something when I read the comment about Noah - I thought it was about Jesus. A second reading made it clearer. Well done!
Brandi Roberts10/30/05
Wow. Again you come through with another awesome entry! I really enjoyed this!
Debbie Roppolo11/02/05
Wonderful poem!
Suzanne R11/03/05
That was REALLY clever! And an excellent title too. I thought it was about Jesus, but was left thinking, "There wasn't a literal storm though..." then it clicked that it was Noah then I went back and realized it was both. VERY skillful! Well done!