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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

TITLE: Not for Applause
By Margaret Kearley


She glides -
The catwalk an extension of her poise,
Her movement flowing, fluid, and the noise
Of loud applause, explodes upon the ear
While cameras flash, recording her career.
Features and figure, perfect in design,
Captured on media page, and written line
Extol her beauty, revel in her fame,
Whilst advertisers crowd to use her name.
A few short years, she’s gone, legend subsides,
And off the final catwalk then she glides ......

He struts -
With peacock-pride flamboyantly displayed,
An icon of the screen and stage portrayed.
Each part he plays, like a chameleon,
Cover and hide the doubts and fears within.
Yet still he acts, the whole wide world his stage,
The widening illustriousness his wage.
Awards and accolades increase grandeur
Till the true man is lost and found no more.
Then suddenly mortality’s sharp knife cuts,
And off the stage of life, he struts.

She runs -
The fastest, fleetest girl upon the earth
From childhood days, from media-silent birth
She ran, she trained and trained to take the lead,
And swallow up the ground with cheetah-speed.
And the world watched, the unknown became known,
She took her seat on the athletic throne.
Her frequent placing now the podium stand,
While anthem plays, gold medal tight in hand.
The fastest girl, who’d race till life is done,
Till ‘cross that final line, one day she’ll run.

He came -
From highest Heaven’s Glory shining bright,
From purity, from God’s eternal light,
Down to a world blackened by sin dark’s blot,
He came and yet, His own received Him not.
No catwalk, stage or medal-accolade,
He humbly walked the world that He had made.
And dying naked in obscurity
He hung upon the cross for ones like me,
To save my soul from lost, eternal shame,
He loves so much, and that is why He came.

He gives -
Us gifts, some great, some small and slight
To use for Him, to boldly shed His light.
A word, a smile, a kindly giving hand,
An ear ready to listen, a heart to understand.
The opening to share His Gospel true
The chance to serve, His ministry to do,
Not for applause, and recognition’s fame
But simply for the honour of His Name,
To show the world that Christ the Saviour lives,
To humbly walk and use the gifts He gives.

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Beth Muehlhausen05/18/12
Wonderful progression! I didn't see where you were going, and then *punch* - there HE was! The title is perfect. Beautifully orchestrated, with an intense message. THANK YOU for this!
C D Swanson 05/18/12
Beautiful job with this meaningful and touching poem. I loved the way it was categorically building up to the magnificence of God. I loved it. Thank you so much.

God Bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/19/12
Your examples of fame were excellently drawn, as was the description of the One who lived in obscurity. And I really like your last verse.
Beth Muehlhausen05/24/12
WOOOOHOOOOOO! Congratulations, Margaret!
C D Swanson 05/24/12
Congratulations! Nicely done. God Bless~
Nancy Bucca05/24/12
I love the amazing contrasts in this wonderful poem, especially that part about "swallowing the ground with cheetah speed." Amazing work. Congratulations!
Danielle King 05/25/12
Inspired! A wonderful poem. Congratulations!
Ellen Carr 05/27/12
A beautiful poem. I really enjoyed it. And congratulations on 5th place.
Carol Penhorwood 05/29/12
So beautifully written and deserving of accolades. Loved the format used.