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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Kingdom Road
By Kenn Allan


Who guides my path down dusty roads,
Where others fear to tread?
Who grants the courage I will need,
To stroll among the dead?

Who cools my soul on desert sands,
And calms the raging sea?
The answer lies with someone else,
Because it isnít me.

When tempests rise along the way,
And transform day to night,
Who wipes the raindrops from my eyes,
And thus restores my sight?

Who keeps my armor free from rust,
In places I can't see?
Although I may appear to shine,
It's someone else, not me.

When fools build castles in the air,
To sweep God from the skies,
Who gives me strength to scale the walls,
And grapple with their lies?

If I besiege the gates of hell,
Who holds the holy key?
When trumpets blare and flags unfurl,
Look elsewhere, not at me.

While deep inside the dragon's lair,
Where truth and valor fade,
Who polishes the sword I wield,
And hones its slashing blade?

When wizards cast unholy spells,
And devils laugh with glee,
Who bolsters up my faithful shield?
Be warned -- it isnít me.

Where is it from, this inner strength?
A most amazing thing...
It has the courage of a child,
And conscience of a king.

It's all the things I wish I were,
Or ever hope to be,
Yet all the best that I possess,
Belongs to God, not me.

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Melanie Kerr 04/27/06
WOW - have I just read the winning entry? Superb. It just got better and better as I read it. I thought I could write a good poem - but you are truly a master!
Edy T Johnson 04/27/06
You are a Master of the art, for sure. I love this poem, its lilting rhythm, the entertaining rhyme, the perfect message: God, not me!
Rachel Jones04/27/06
Really liked it!

Maxx .04/27/06
This is why you are in Masters. Most excellent. Nothing much to pick at here... just sit back and see where the judges rate you! ... It'll be high high high, I have no doubt. Congrats!
Lynda Schultz 04/28/06
Go to the head of the class! This is GREAT!
Purity Snowe04/28/06
I'm breathless. That's all I can say. Great work.
Suzanne R04/29/06
What can I say?

Jean Elizabeth 04/30/06
Incredibly beautiful! I love this!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/30/06
Hits the topic to a "T"! Magnificent verse, beautiful thoughts, and a fantistic read by an awesome author. A+ in my book.
Alexandra Wilkin04/30/06
If this one does not place, then I'm a monkey's uncle. Excellent. God bless.
Jan Ackerson 05/01/06
Perfection. Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Karen Deikun05/01/06
Awesome! There are no other words to describe it!
Pat Guy 05/01/06
Awesome, and awesome! A joy and a blessing to read.
Ann Grover05/01/06
Had the author pegged from the beginning... and would wager it places, too. Brilliant, as always.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/01/06
Wow! Beautiful message, beaut iully written. Great job.
Venice Kichura05/01/06
WOW....This has got to be a big winner! Simply awesome!
Caitlynn Lowe05/01/06
Wow! That's wonderful!
Anita Neuman05/01/06
Perfect rhyme and metre, and LOVELY repeated deflection of any personal praise. And I agree that it just got better and better with every verse, building to a wonderful finish. Bravo!
Rita Garcia05/01/06
Winning Entry! Love every line!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/02/06
What else is there to say? Your poem is absolutely perfecto. Wouldn't change a thing.
Blessings, Lynda
Debbie OConnor05/02/06
Wow, wow, wow! I love this so much. It couldn't be better. It is so true, so powerful and such a gift. Thank you.
Debbie OConnor05/04/06

Congrats on the highly commended. I had to come back and tell you that I saved this to my favorites folder and just read it to my daughter (9). She likes it too. Excellent work! I'd buy this.
lydia kasumba03/10/08
i agree. Most Highly recommended!!!!