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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Game (12/06/12)

TITLE: War Game
By Carolyn Ancell
12/08/12


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War game:
young soldiers,
mothers’ babies.
Mercy
replaced with steel
and fire.

War game:
a husband,
a wife.
Promise
replaced with deceit
and lies.

War game:
an empty heart,
a half-empty bottle.
Hope
replaced with desolation
and desperation.

War game:
highest intentions,
a moment of weakness.
Childhood
replaced by parenthood
and responsibility.

War game:
honest work,
dishonest opportunity.
Integrity
replaced by greed
and fear of discovery.

War game:
a child on a playground,
and a bully.
The battlefield
need not be large
to be damaging.


War game:
order now
in time for Christmas.
Violence for fun.
Who needs
a Prince of Peace?

War game:
once a neighbor,
or a friend.
Truth
now tarnished by gossip,
and unkind words.

War game:
a seeking soul,
a searching heart.
Faith
challenged by the noise
of an unbelieving world.

War game:
the powers of evil,
and Jesus the Lord.
Victory
Healing
Hope
Reconciliation
Forgiveness
Peace.

The battle is won.
Love reigns.
Game over.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 12/15/12
Nicely done. I enjoyed this so much. It was well written and had many layers of meanings.

God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 12/18/12
Your simple structure is a strong vehicle for a broad and very clear message. Great job.
Noel Mitaxa 12/20/12
The judges also think you've done a great job. Congratulations on your win.
Bea Edwards 12/20/12
Simple yet intricate in its message. Well done! I enjoyed your lovely poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/20/12
Wow! This speaks volumes. I think in light of the tragedy last week in CT. It speaks louder. God does a wonderful job of preparing us. Congratulations on this Outstanding poem.
Ellen Carr 12/21/12
I really enjoyed your poem and its message. Congratulations on your first place win!
Beth LaBuff 12/23/12
Wow! I love your train of thought, culminating in your ending. Your message is powerful. Super Congrats, Carolyn, on your ribbon!