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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Like a Red Rag to a Bull (11/28/13)

TITLE: When the Strong Man Snarls
By Melanie Kerr
12/04/13


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Ain't never seen this place so full
The crowd like bees a-hummin’
The word is out, all seats are filled
Cuz Jesus is a-comin’

The synagogue, the Sabbath Day
And all its rules a-tellin’
Every “do” and “don’t” laid out
Exuberance a-quellin

A trap is set, a wounded man
His withered arm a-holdin’
The teachers and the scribes sit back
Their tongues are schooled for scoldin’

They say there are six days for work
Six days to be a-healin’
The Sabbath is a day of rest
Before God’s throne a-kneelin’

Then Jesus comes, a solemn hush
Descends on all a-waitin’
He strides with power and confidence
Authority a-statin’

He spies the teachers, calls the man
And to the crowd a-saying’
An evil deed to leave a man
Your needful aid delaying

Kindness isn’t shown at all
When someone is a-hurtin’
And you won’t lift a hand to help
Just platitudes a-blurtin’

One gentle touch, one quiet word
No fire and brimstone preachin’
But healing comes, an arm outstretched
Made whole… to heav’n… a-reachin’

Too many people lost in pain
The devil is a-skippin’
Around and through our broken lives
Our dignity a-strippin’

Enough to make the Strong Man snarl
When Satan’s rag’s a-wavin’
The Good News is that Jesus came
A-seekin’ and a-savin’


(Mark 3:1-6)


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Camille (C D) Swanson 12/05/13
Fantastic poem! Excellent work!

God bless~
Dave Walker 12/05/13
A great poem. I love stanza that works and a story that leads you along. I loved your entry. Thank you.
Graham Insley 12/09/13
I could feel this poem just clipping along and singing its song.

A job well done and thank you.

Blessings.
Judith Gayle Smith12/09/13
YHWH gave us His gift of the Sabbath - man has turned that precious gift into a burden.

I keep our Lord's Sabbath from Friday sundown through Saturday sundown. Why? Because He loves me enough to give me His memorial of Creation to stop all my nonsense and crawl into His Lap and rest in Him . . .
Joe Moreland12/09/13
This has a nice pace and it flows smoothly as you read. Unlike many poems I read, it builds to nice peak at the very end, which takes excellent timing.

Nice job!
Lillian Rhoades 12/12/13
Just finished reading,KILLING JESUS. Your poem reminded me of many of the events in the book.

Great job! Great poem. Congratulations!
Bea Edwards 12/18/13
I really enjoyed the sing song quality of your poem but that was trumped by the spectacular way you wrapped it up! Well done and congratulations.