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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Tie (02/28/13)

TITLE: Noose
By Benjamin Graber
03/02/13


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I wear my faith around my neck,
Assembled neatly, like a tie;
A banner is hanging down my chest
To show where my allegiance lies—

I do not look like other men,
Religion has set me apart!
I hoard the homage I am due
Within the corners of my heart—

I live this pompous masquerade
Like an actor plays upon the stage;
You could not find a speck on this tie,
’Cause I’m the planet’s greatest sage.

But with this cloth restricting me
I cannot run about and play;
I walk to the beat of chanting chains
Wherever they beckon, I obey—

But when I see that smile you share
I wonder—is there something I’ve missed?
I hear you laugh as you taste the sky;
You wear your faith like a tender kiss—

You aren’t concerned with what others think,
But live like a child who’s been set loose—
I know that I can share your joy
If I but choose;
I’ll trade the stage for a faith that flies
And give away my gaudy noose.


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Noel Mitaxa 03/08/13
I love the honesty of this piece, which carries extra impact because if its brevity.
Yvonne Blake 03/12/13
Very thought-provoking thoughts! The last stanza seems "forced" and maybe should have been developed into one more. Great writing.