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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Singing (10/31/05)

TITLE: Rock of Ages
By Kenn Allan
11/05/05


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The Mount of Olives' slopes were filled,
By those who came to hear,
The words of hope from Jesus' lips;
Hearts overflowed with cheer.

"Praise God," they sang, quite unrestrained,
"For all we've seen and heard!"
But Pharisees among the saved,
Claimed silence was preferred.

“I tell you this,” Jesus replied,
“If every tongue were stilled,
“The rocks and stones upon the ground,
“Would sing of grace fulfilled.”

Boulders, sing! Stones, rejoice!
Listen to your Master’s voice!
Marble, granite...
Sandstone too...
Come alive for your debut!

The singing spread around the world,
A billion souls joined in,
But as His harvest day draws near,
The souls are getting thin.

The hills are nearly silent now,
The crowds are almost gone,
The songs of energetic praise,
Have faded to a yawn.

But deep within the earth, they wait,
Their music memorized,
And some day soon they’ll start to sing...
Won’t we be surprised?

Boulders, sing! Stones, rejoice!
Listen to your Master’s voice!
Marble, granite...
Sandstone too...
Come alive for your debut!


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Dan Louise Mann11/07/05
Nice rhythm to this poem. The singing rocks has always intrigued me. I like the idea of that smouldering silicone biding it's time. Kudos!
Val Clark11/08/05
A well constructed poem that makes me want to shout halleluiah on the one hand and despair at the nearly silent hills on the other. Yeggy
Suzanne R11/08/05
Great content, flows well - WELL DONE!
Helga Doermer11/08/05
A lovely cadence to your lines in telling a story past, present and what is still to come.
Jan Ackerson 11/09/05
I LOVE this!
Jeffrey Snell11/09/05
Awesome! The POV works beautifully with poetry, and you've constructed a great meter. Good job!
Sally Hanan11/09/05
Good chorus. I know Word capitalizes the beginning of every line, but this would be much easier to read if you only capitalized the beginning of each sentence.
Anita Neuman11/09/05
Another great job! What fabulous poetry!
Brandi Roberts11/09/05
A beautiful poem with excellent rhyme and rhythm. Very well done. I enjoyed this.
Shari Armstrong 11/09/05
Bravo! I think this could be set to music!!!
Linda Watson Owen11/09/05
Wonderful concept for a beautiful poem!
Laurie Glass11/09/05
Great concept and a skillfully written poem. Very nice.
Debbie Sickler11/09/05
Well done. I especially liked the line about coming alive for their debut and how you repeated that stanza like a chorus.
Julianne Jones11/11/05
Beautiful! Enjoyed the change for the 'chorus'. Well done.
dub W11/13/05
Very well paced, the prosody was a relief to read. I question the off beat in the next to last stanza. The final stanza was a dynamic shift that really made the poem. Thanks.
The Tornyn11/13/05
A masterpiece, as usual!!! :)