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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expect (07/11/13)

TITLE: The Unexpected King
By Kenn Allan


"Be patient, O Jerusalem, and pray at Mercy's Gate,
 For soon the Lord's Anointed One will overturn our fate;
Astride a white and gallant steed with God's authority,
 He'll break the iron chains of Rome and set the captives free."

 A donkey grazes in the square on palm fronds left behind,
  Contently waiting to be led where usually confined;
   He watched the cheering crowd disperse for fear they might displease,
    Yet still hears echoes of their cry, "Hosanna!" on the breeze.

"On the day Messiah comes our foes shall taste defeat
 And He shall wipe them from our land like dust beneath His feet;
The pain inflicted o'er the years shall be repaid in kind,
 And insults hurled shall be unfurled on those who once maligned."

 The people speak in muted tones about a message heard―
  That loving others as themselves is what the Lord preferred,
   Forgiveness is the right response when evil is bestowed,
    And never make your neighbor pay a debt they never owed.

"He shall ascend the Temple Mount to offer sacrifice
 And buy redemption for our souls regardless of the price;
Upon the altar He shall place great offerings untold
 To cleanse our sins as God commands with vast amounts of gold."

 Their changing tables overturned and precious coinage spilled,
  The merchants on the temple steps seek profits unfulfilled;
   Upon their knees they bow and scrape amid beseeching groans
    While seeking out elusive gods that rolled between the stones.

"No longer shall we plow the earth to keep our stomachs fed―
 With wheat and barley from His hands we'll make our daily bread;
Our grapes shall never be allowed to wither on the vine
 So we might celebrate all night and drink the finest wine."

 The scattered remnants of a meal adorn the upper room
  As candles burning overhead surrender to the gloom;
   A sop of breadcrust dipped in wine lies idle on a plate
    Beside a goblet filled with tears too red to contemplate.

"We'll raise him high above the crowd for all the world to see,
 And He shall pardon all our debts amid the Jubilee;
Each godless deed shall be reversed and umbrage turned around
 Upon that coronation morn God's chosen king is crowned."

 The storm above Golgotha Hill obscures the light of day
  Yet silhouettes an empty cross against the churning gray;
   A crudely woven crown of thorns lies trampled in the dust
    Beneath a sign, "King of the Jews," handwritten in disgust.

"Then He shall rule forevermore upon His earthly throne
 And we shall dwell in perfect peace and never walk alone;
The kings and princes of the earth shall fear His holy name,
 And woe to those who scorn His grace to risk Perdition's flame."

 King Herod's guards are looking grim. The Pharisees look gray.
  Pontius Pilate can't be found. The stone was rolled away!
   "He is Risen!" angels sing in choruses sublime,
    "And He shall reign at Heaven's gate until the end of time!"

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Yvonne Blake 07/18/13
Wow! This gave me chills. I've been thinking of Jesus being King of Kings, too. I love the mixture of both times of Him being King. Great writing.
Leola Ogle 07/18/13
Beautifully flowing, wonderfully written. A wonderful testament of our Lord and savior. God bless!
Ellen Carr 07/19/13
What a beautiful and powerful poem! Its structure and flow is lovely and its message arresting. I can imagine it being performed by two people, two voices, and I hope it is performed!I will enjoy reading it again.
Melanie Kerr 07/21/13
I thought the poem was excellent. Your choice of words and poem structure were of the highest quality. Narrative poems can be very hard to do well - but you do them very well.
lynn gipson 07/21/13
One of the most beautiful stories of Christ I have ever read. Perfection is yours in this epic poem, in every way. I truly enjoy your writing and look forward to it each challenge week. A winner for sure.
Bea Edwards 07/21/13
Your writing seems so effortless despite its incredible potency.
You are a master craftsman and wordsmith.
Glynis Becker07/21/13
So beautiful! The words flow so smoothly and pack quite a punch. Very well done.
Laury Hubrich 07/22/13
You packed so much in very few words. Awesome job. I think you hit the topic perfectly!
C D Swanson 07/24/13
Beautiful and epic.

Amen...God Bless~
lynn gipson 07/25/13
Congratulations on your well deserved HC..in my opinion it should have been higher. Truly one of the best poems I have ever read Blessings.....
C D Swanson 07/25/13
Congratulations on your HC...This was so beautiful and a winner in my eyes.

God bless~
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/25/13
Congratulations for placing with this magnificent poem.
Nancy Bucca07/25/13
Great stuff! You penned this poem so well! Congrats on your 4th place EC, the rhymes in this are amazing.
Leola Ogle 07/25/13
Congratulations, Kenn! God bless!
Bea Edwards 07/25/13
Yay so happy your beautiful poem placed in the top EC!
Yvonne Blake 07/25/13
Congratulations on your EC, Kenn! (all that worry for nothing)
Ellen Carr 07/26/13
Congratulations on your 3rd place win which is very well-deserved for this lovely poem.
Judith Gayle Smith07/28/13
Magnificent! God-honoring. Thrilling. May I post this on my Facebook page to share? Thank you.

Hugs, Judi

Praise YHWH. Hebrews 10:26-31, Revelation 12:17
Kenn Allan07/28/13
Hello, Judi. Certainly you may share this poem; that's why I write 'em. I think you can share on Facebook from here, but you can also visit my website at kennallan.com and "like" it there. And thank you ALL for your kind comments - Glad you enjoyed it!