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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Banquet - deadline 8-16-12 10 am NY time (08/09/12)

TITLE: The Devil's Table
By Kenn Allan



Beyond the realm of human sight
Where daylight struggles with the night,
A banquet served for guests reborn
On tables carved from twisted thorn―
Each draped in linen, soiled and torn
And monogrammed with hoof and horn
Where candles flicker with delight,
Confounding with uncertain light.

Each place is set with polished knives
For spreading strife in others’ lives,
But not a smear of shame impugns
Reflections cast in silver spoons,
And forks adorned with ancient runes
Pierced through the planets, stars, and moons
To change the trouble time contrives
Until no faith in God survives.

Surrounding sheets of flame reveal
Foul shadows often deemed unreal―
The fire roars…
The thunder claps…
The Golden Rule abruptly snaps…
Fond memories of blessings lapse…
Old habits rise as tempting traps…
Alas! The dark cannot conceal
The entrées of this hellish meal.

Stale platitudes and tired clichés
Are heaped on tarnished serving trays,
While tongues are loosened to malign
With bitter dregs of jealous brine,
And tepid mixing bowls combine
Some half-baked truths with softened spine
To marinade raised hands of praise
And boil salvation as they braise.

To drown the scent of fragrant prayer,
The stench of gossip fills the air;
In candy dishes, thick with flies,
Squirm lying tongues and haughty eyes
Beside some pompous sheepskin pies
Which make men smart but seldom wise,
Then finger bowls of thick despair
Are offered as a final snare.

The wine is spilled upon the bread
As blazes fade for those misled
Until the light is quite diffused
Which leaves the frightened guests confused
With famished faiths and egos bruised…
…Yet not one prays to be excused…

Stand firm! The righteous never dread
The banquet of the living dead.

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CD Swanson 08/17/12
Wow - Gripping and jarring.

This will make the believer even more so in regards to God and following closely to His Word and commandments.

No one wants to end up at "that table!"

Great job with the topic.

God bless~
Catrina Bradley 08/18/12
Yikes! I got shivers! Marvelous poetry, enthralling and horrifyingly good.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/18/12
So great to see you back with another of your masterful, memorable poems--each word carefully chosen, and the message powerful.
Danielle King 08/18/12
Ooooh ... creepy, scary and amazingly good poetry. Made my hair stand on end! Superb!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/18/12
I rarely say this about a poem but I absolutely loved this! I think it was a bit of genius. I've read many stories this week about banquets in Heaven but by describing what one might expect in He'll was beyond powerful. Your descriptions made me shiver. The line where no one thought to pray really touched me. This is well-done and I'm sure will touch so many.
CD Swanson 08/23/12
Congratulations Kenn on a well deserved win! Loved this entry...powerful and over the top jarring.

Great job. God Bless~
Lillian Rhoades 08/23/12
Sheer poetic genius! Your imagery tops the charts. Congratulations!!
Beth LaBuff 08/24/12
In classical Kenn Allan style, each word choice, meter, and image evoked is spectacular. It's great to see a new entry by the Master Poet. What a message here. Chilling! Congrats, Kenn!
Sharon Eastman08/24/12
The creativity of this poem is astounding; your talent is beyond awesome. What a gift from God. I loved it.
Charla Diehl 10/04/12
What a treat to see one of your poems in the challenge again. You are truly a gifted poet and I hope to read more from you, as you show the rest of us poets how it's done by a master.
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