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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (11/21/13)

TITLE: Beware
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/27/13


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Like a politician promises
In venue patriotic
To bring democracy to life,
He plans to be despotic.

Like a preacher in the pulpit,
Pretending righteousness,
Declares that Jesus is not God,
The Gospel not profess . . .

Like a suitor vows eternal love
With hand upon his heart.
Heís said this to so many girls,
Heís memorized his part.

Like a woman in a modest dress,
Appearing virtuous,
Allures with charms young men to her
In manner devious . . .

Like a salesman in a shiny suit
Declares his goods will last
With merchandise that falls apart
Before a week has passed . . .

Like the advertisers try to show
How drink will bring you joy
And donít reveal that in the end
Your joy it might destroy . . .

So is the wolf in clothes of sheep,
Whose life blood drained away,
Is lurking now among the lambs
To seek another prey.

Beware!


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Joe Moreland11/30/13
I must admit that I typically shy away from commenting on poetry because it is one of my weakest areas (both in appreciation and in creating), but I wanted to say I really enjoyed this piece. It took my two readings of the opening two stanzas before I could get my mind around the rhythm, but once I got if firmly in mind, and launched into the rest it just seemed to flow perfectly and the message was crystal clear. Very nice job.
Beth LaBuff 12/03/13
Your message is profound. Your writing is eloquent! Each stanza crescendos up to the ending. I think the cymbals clapped with your final word. Love this!!!
Camille (C D) Swanson 12/05/13
Congrats! God bless~
Margaret Kearley 12/05/13
Really great poem Verna. Many congratulations
Danielle King 12/05/13
Superb poem. Many congrats on your EC win.
Ellen Carr 12/06/13
Congratulations on your EC place which is well deserved for this poem with its sobering, and true, message.
Bea Edwards 12/15/13
Oh this is so good. Each of your warnings are relevant and the way you used prose to present them is superb!