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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Black Sheep of the Family (10/03/13)

TITLE: Eternal Love & Perfection
By CD (Camille) Swanson
10/09/13


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Eyes followed wherever he went
As he tried to blend in with the rest
His short crooked frame stood out
From the people in the world and room

His face horribly scarred and twisted
As he watched the beautiful people
He stood in the corner silent and mute
Far from the people in the world and room

He dreaded the gathering each year
As he tried to blend in with the rest
His short crooked frame stood out
From the people in the world and room

Eyes tried to avoid contact with him
As he slowly consumed his pile of food
The buzz of laughter and chatter shut him out
Far from the people in the world and room

Perfect white sheep wherever he looked
As he tried to blend in with the herd
His eyes blinked away hot burning tears
Far from the people in the world and room

The sincerity of their words severely lacked
The empathy of which they tried to impact
The world of beauty and perfection belong
To all but one in the world and the room

He wondered what it felt like to be loved
As he longed to be one of the beautiful
To be able to laugh speak and stand tall
Close to all the people in the world and room

He left early and slowly walked home
As he sat crying on his couch far from
The gathering and laughter and eyes of scorn
His heart stopped beating his pain no more

Far from all the people in the world
He stood tall as he walked through many rooms
The loving Shepherd welcomed him home
As he stood with Jesus—a black sheep no more


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Dannie Hawley 10/10/13
You've crafted a compelling piece to challenge us all. Such raw emotions. A job well done.
lynn gipson 10/11/13
As a former black sheep myself I can honestly say you have described my feelings very well when it came to family gatherings. This is lovely and brought tears to my eyes. Excellence poem here! You do have a way with beautiful words. The ending was perfect.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/17/13
Wow this speaks volumes. Will we ever learn to not judge people by the outside? Thankfully Jesus looks at the heart. Congratulations on ranking 16th overall! Happy Dance!