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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: Bumper Crop
By Jan Ackerson


Report to Beelzebub:

You told me to report to you with regularity,
My liege—and so I grovel at your feet
And tell you—we’re experiencing superb prosperity.
Quite soon, we’ll harvest souls as ripe as wheat.

We’ve fertilized the field of souls with cheap vulgarity
(If you’ll allow—I’ll keep the metaphor)
And we have found that faithlessness will feed barbarity.
A bumper crop is what we have in store!

We’ve used more subtle methods, too—like insincerity,
Which wounded souls soak up. They grow like weeds.
Your Lowness—we have also found a similarity:
Hypocrisy will nurture bitter seeds.

So Lucifer—please pardon my familiarity—
The other imps and I have a request.
We’d like to have a bash, enjoy some high hilarity
When all the souls are gathered, gleaned, processed.

The Redeemer interrupts:

Hold on, you little demon—let me speak with clarity.
That harvest isn’t yours—each soul’s now free.
I’ve purchased them with blood, and look! With faith and charity
My workers have been gathering them to me.

They now enjoy abundant life, my sweet prosperity,
Complete with hope and love, fulfillment, too.
My blessings rain upon them now, for all posterity,
So let them be. Just scamper off now. Shoo!

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Jessica Schmit05/18/06
You've done an excellent, creative job on the topic. I loved the title, so perfect. You kept this short and really allowed the reader to understand your message without being too wordy. very good job!
Phyllis Inniss05/19/06
I can see why you are in the Master class. Your poem is superb. It is worth publishing. It is really an outstanding message.
Val Clark05/20/06
This gritty ditty is very pretty – I can’t find a fault, not even an itty-bitty, If I could write something half as witty, I wouldn’t be wallowing in self-pity! :-)
Joanne Malley05/22/06
This is great, Jan! I love the content, choice of words, flow. Wonderful. Jo
Ann Grover05/22/06
Excellent message, excellent use of words, Jan.
Teri Wilson05/22/06
Very nice Jan. I did not realize you wrote poetry, too. Impressive.
George Parler 05/22/06
At first I thought the "-ity's" were going to distract from the message, but they didn't.

Crafted nicely. Loved the message. Good Job!
Rachel Rudd 05/22/06
Well-written poem, Jan! I liked the end where the demons are sent running. :):)

T. F. Chezum05/22/06
Very nice poem, short but to the point. Very well done, I enjoyed it.
Venice Kichura05/22/06
Very clever, creative & out of the box!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/22/06
Yes! Very much "out of the box," yet right on target! Wonderful creativity - but then again, I wouldn't expect anything less from you. Superb.
Blessings, Lynda
Anita Neuman05/22/06
Very creative rhythm & rhyme scheme. Loved it! I can't believe you found so many words ending in "arity". And you wove them all together with a wonderful message. Hurray for you!!!
Linda Watson Owen05/22/06
Oh, Jan, this is great! What a poetic treat! Love the cadence, the wonderful rhyme, and the overall light but pointed treatment of 'prosperity'! Super poem!!
Shari Armstrong 05/23/06
Creative! and a touch of humor - really enjoyed it!
Pat Guy 05/23/06
So many layers to enjoy! What a feast!

It's all been said before, but, this is really excellent work! Love those words! :)
Rita Garcia05/23/06
Wonderful! A true portrait of prosperity.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/23/06
This is wonderful. Such a creative entry. Good work.
Maxx .05/23/06
Really liked this. Very nicely constructed and the word choice was right on track. Of course, the message goes without saying!
Cassie Memmer05/24/06
Bravo! Excellent in every way! Love that interruption!
dub W05/24/06
Creative, humorous, a great work - I expected nothing less.
Beth Muehlhausen05/24/06
Ditto, ditto, and ditto. OUTSTANDING! ;-D