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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: It's a No-Brainer!
By Danielle King
09/11/13


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I am an aberration, an anomaly, a glitch
Adept at nothing useful
Iím the weird guy with the twitch

Remember me from college days? The retro genius
You got your kicks deriding me - magnanimously remiss

I watched you interacting with your colleagues day by day
Iím the sad guy in the corner with nothing much to say

Do you recall those celebrations plannedÖ excluding me?
Creepy geeks not welcome at a jolly jamboree

You canít guess how you made me feel. Iím odd, but not a stone
I hurt; Iím fragile. Did you know I dreaded being alone?

Conversation cripples me. A skill I donít possess
Iíll stammer, tic and splutter but the words youíll have to guess.

Iíll tag along with anyone; Iím desperate to belong
Iíve never had a proper friend. It goes all gawky wrong

You make it look so natural; eye contact, smile and chat
I struggle with connectedness. Iíll leave it right thereat!

No one knows the inner me, or my secret special skill
That bumbles me along lifeís path with empty hours to fill

This top class IT boffin - me; this number crunching nut
I dwell on dates and times long gone whilst wallowing in my rut, butÖ

The oddball with impediment; the nonconformist crank
Is singing now with heavenly joy; Iíve joined a different rank

My outward spec remains the same, obsessed with facts and figures
And now Iíd love to share with you, the hope in me this triggers

I began to read the word of God. He spoke to me one day
When I was in the darkest place and couldnít find my way

I joined him at the start of things. ďIn the beginning,Ē He said
I wanted more, and then still more, to fill my dorky head

Would you believe I didnít leave a single word unread?
The more I knew, the more I grew, as on His word I fed

Now being a virtuoso with a penchant for hard facts
And times and dates and numbers that sealed historic pacts

This whacky whiz got cracking in his own eccentric manner
Decrypting and deciphering with his Ďgrey stuffí image scanner

I shook it up, then flattened it and tossed it like a pancake
When it returned, my stomach churned. Iíd made a gaffe mistake

The word of God speaks for itself. It doesnít take a genius
A humble heart and listening ear is all God asks between us

Every man, the simplest to the most sophisticated
Can know God in a personal way; His love unmitigated

And what I found to my amazement, being a world class bore
Was that the end was written, many years before

66 books and letters over 15 hundred years
Most writers had no contact with contemporary or peers

Their writings put together, 2,000 years or so
Agreed in doctrine, prophesy and all you need to know

The Word of God is Powerful in Truth and Application
Inexhaustible in meaning and eternal in duration

Unique in revelation and divine in authorship
Will be open at the judgementÖ pending heavenís citizenship

Can you believe a reject, a nerdy wuss like me
Would find a friend in Jesus, who died to make me free?

Iíll never walk alone again. My Father, Friend and King
Adopted me; Iím family; To His promises I cling

Hopeless; helpless; insecure, are traits I have discarded
Strengthened; cherished; child of God is how Iím now regarded



And as a footnote may I addÖ

Accepting Jesusí sacrifice on the cross for personal salvation is inevitable

Being a geeky, droning, word-munching intellectual, with a voracious appetite for tedious, repetitive and mind-numbingly uninspiring facts and figures is optionalÖ as is the twitch


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CD (Camille) Swanson 09/12/13
Phenomenal piece! Loved it.

Thank you and God Bless~
Judith Gayle Smith09/13/13
A wonderful romp for us geeks! I love this.
Judith Gayle Smith09/13/13
A wonderful romp for us geeks! I love this.
Noel Mitaxa 09/14/13
Apart from an inaccurate title, because your MC obviously has a very fertile brain, this was good fun read. Great work with a positive message.
Lillian Rhoades 09/15/13
I'm not an expert when it comes to poetry, but aside from what I think might be a missed beat or two, this poem is a "no-brainer" for creative originality, substance, message, and word-usage.

I would not be surprised to see this among the high raters. :-)
Laura Hawbaker 09/17/13
Some great word crafting here! I may not be a number and fact geek, but I am a geek in another way--I kept wanting to add more punctuation! I know writing poety allows more license in punctuation, but still...
Good job and I did enjoy the read.
Bea Edwards 09/17/13
Yes but it took quite a bit of my brain to keep up! Brilliant piece.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/19/13
Wow! This is incredible. You did an outstanding job of taking me inside the mind of what I would guess a person with autism, yet it could be the thoughts in my head( with the exception of the brainy part) You speak volumes and show we all are quite similar no matter how different we feel. Outstanding writing and perception. This is brilliant and well deserved of an EC! Congratulations and Happy Dance!
Linda Goergen09/19/13
Danielle this is fabulousówow, so powerful in its layered messages! So glad to see this in the winnerís circle, itís so deserving! Congratulations!
Tracy Nunes 09/20/13
This made me sad, then happy, then convicted, then joyous. Yep, those are the best ingredients for a great read. Thank you!