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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Making Ends Meet (01/16/14)

TITLE: The Parable of the Powerful
By Melanie Kerr
01/23/14


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For I was hungry
and you pushed up food prices
looking for ever increasing profits
You pointed me to a food bank
and gave me vouchers
leaving me feeling inadequate

I was thirsty
and you offered me
flexible ways to pay my bill
When I couldnít pay
and didnít meet the requirements of your help scheme
you sent in the bailiffs

I was a stranger
given a number rather than a name
You never asked the right questions
in all the interviews I attended
You kept a file on me
you didnít read

I needed clothes
and you sneered because I wore no designer labels
I knew all about the sweatshops in Asia
and made guilt an accessory
I darned holes in my socks
but couldnít repair the one in my conscience

I was sick
and you took away my disability pension
assessing me as fit for work
You did your test on a good day
ignoring the bad days
and the doctorís letter

I was in prison
Where else did you think I would end up?


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Lisa Johnson 01/23/14
Wow! Your poignant and thought provoking entry has just about left me speechless. All I can think to say is... wow!
Noel Mitaxa 01/23/14
And where was Jesus? Right in there in the deepest need - unnoticed and waiting. Very powerful treatment.
Wendy B McLain 01/27/14
Wow that was great! Great title too.
Margaret Kearley 01/27/14
Very very powerful, great great writing with a message that kicks.
Danielle King 01/28/14
WOW! This entry speaks volumes! What a great take on the topic. Simple yet powerful. Great job!
Larry Whittington01/28/14
Be careful when the reckoning comes.

A bible topic with current applications.

Interesting take on current affairs.
CD Swanson 01/29/14
Completely brilliant!

God bless~
Margaret Kearley 01/30/14
Many congratulations Mel - a wonderful entry and well deserved win.
Lillian Rhoades 01/30/14
A very creative approach to a contemporary problem. Congratulations!
Pauline Carruthers 01/30/14
Truly brilliant. I loved this entry. Congratulations on a well deserved win.
Brenda Rice 01/30/14
Bravo! Absolutely incredible piece of writing. Well deserved win.
Dave Walker 01/30/14
A brilliant, powerful piece of writing. A well-deserved win.
Danielle King 01/30/14
Congratulations Melanie. I am so happy to see this brilliant entry take 1st place. A very well deserved win!
CD Swanson 01/30/14
Congrats!!!

God bless~
CD Swanson 01/30/14
Congrats!!!

God bless~
Ellen Carr 01/30/14
Congratulations, Melanie! This is such a well-deserved win. Your poem is very powerful and moving. It reminds us,shockingly, of how far we often stray from what Jesus told us to do, both personally and at the political decision level.Very well written!

Bea Edwards 02/05/14
You did a fabulous job fitting so much into so few words!
Leola Ogle 02/06/14
As always, Melanie, your entries are a delight to read. Congratulations. God bless.