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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: One to Nine, a Difficult Poem to Read
By david grant
06/18/06


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One
Life begins
From a single
Cell and eventually meets
You on the street where
You measure worth by what you
See and hear and are asked for
And you have the choice to bless or
Curse with your look, your word or work given.

This
Life that
Has met you
On the street now
Measures your worth by what
It sees and hears and feels
And by the choice it makes to
Curse or bless with its look, its word
Or the work it will do toward you returned.

Life
then becomes
A circle of
Response that changes worlds
By creating powerful weapons of
Love or hate with the first
Look of acceptance or rejection that produces
An outward action or reactionary turn that changes
chance meetings on the street to war or peace.

To
Live “judging
Lest you be
Not judged” is a
Challenge handed down from a
God of grace and love who
will allow you to choose your fate
And alter the destiny of others by do
And don’t, will and won’t, curses and blessings retuned.

One
Life dividing
A moment of
Time with another single
Celled soul could become the
Denominator of the condition of the
Next world by how it subtracts or
adds to the equation of the problem it
Must solve during just one brief encounter with another.

Lives
Are often
Given health with
a single blessing or
Strangled for generations to come
By a single careless curse tossed
Like a grenade at another soul just
Because of the inconvenience of a moment when
You first meet another living cell on the street.

Life
How will
You solve it?


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Jan Ackerson 06/22/06
Well, I'll take exception to your title, because this wasn't at all difficult to read--it was a joy. Beautifully done, and I'll bet it was difficult to write! How I appreciate excellent poetry, and this is truly excellent!
Marilyn Schnepp 06/24/06
Free verse, prose or whatever they call unrhymed poetry - has always been difficult for me to make heads or tails of (sense-wise); However, just let me say that it is beautifully done in an awesome, intricate, artistic way that had to take alot of effort, time and talent.
Sherry Wendling06/26/06
Davey, Davey, Davey! Oh, this is layers deep and delightful to ponder! Marvelously clever structure. You took the theme and plunged into it with masterful passion--my hat's off! (Whiff, sniff) Do I smell a win? ;-D
terri tiffany06/26/06
I almost didn't read it cause I know nothing of this style but the first few lines caught me, pulled me in and I read it all and thought wow...this was perfect!
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/26/06
I would have enjoyed reading this just from it's appearance. This was awesome.
George Parler 06/26/06
Very creative and unique structure. The flow and rhythm was a smooth ride. I'm not good at critiquing poems but I know what I like, and this is wonderful. Good job.
Trina Courtenay06/26/06
Hats off to another great poem which was well worth the read.

Blessings,
Trina<><
Edy T Johnson 06/26/06
Clever format, beautiful message, this is truly inspired writing.
dub W06/27/06
Very creative, great format and style; plus, the message is strong and clear. Great job.