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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: The lonely road
By Melanie Kerr


I aided and abetted in
The killing of a man
I was hopelessly entangled
In an evil, ugly plan

Just merely a spectator
Pulled from the crowd around
They pushed me t'ward a beaten man
Just lying on the ground

“Pick up his cross and carry it!”
A Roman soldier screamed
I then became a player
In an act I’d never dreamed

His cross was placed upon me
No light and easy yoke
I felt His blood upon it
Into my shoulder soak

Small sharp splinters pierced my skin
I saw my own blood shed
Side by side I walked with Him
This man soon to be dead

The pace was slow and anguished
He stumbled on the path
A vicious whip descended
To show the soldier’s wrath

I could not stop from crying out
I felt such shame and hurt
That no one would show mercy
And lift Him from the dirt

Each step such bitter torture
My arms began to throb
We walked a lonely road that day
Jeered by an angry mob

The place of crucifixion
Was high upon a hill
The crowd had gathered round us
The air was cold and chill

The cross I then surrendered
My part came to a close
I watched them nail Him to it
With heavy brutal blows

It seemed I could not walk away
And leave this savage scene
That I would want to see the end
Of someone’s life? Obscene

I touched His blood upon my cheek
I felt its awesome power
And somehow knew His sacrifice
Was destined for this hour

Yes, standing ‘neath His wretched cross
I came at last to see
What precious gift to walk beside
A man so great as He!

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Karen Ward07/27/06
Fantastic. Not much more to be said really. :)
Lisa Stephens07/28/06
Incredible. It gives me an entirely new perspective.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/29/06
Masterful piece of writing. Simon of Cyrene, the out-of-towner that ran into a job that angels would have died for - you have detailed that job beautifully in this poem. Great Job.
Lori Othouse 07/30/06
Yes, this definitely gives a new perspective to something I've heard so many times, but haven't really thought of as in depth as this. Very moving and thought-provoking!
Jen Davis07/31/06
Those before me have best described this poem: fantastic, incredible, masterful and thought-provoking. You took us to that moment with your words. Very powerful.
Jan Ackerson 08/01/06
What a marverlous job of giving us this unique POV. A masterful poem.
Joanne Sher 08/01/06
This is wonderful, and a very thought-provoking piece. I can't think of anything to say that hasn't already been said, so I'll just say WOW.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz08/01/06
Breathtaking! This is powerful stuff!! I loved it.
Venice Kichura08/02/06
Very creative (& I agree, new) perspective on Jesus going to the cross. Great job!
Brenda Craig08/02/06
Captivating, thought provoking and a delight to read. Great job!
Trina Courtenay08/03/06
Congratulations Melanie! 6th place EC - Awesome job!
Marilyn Schnepp 08/03/06
So happy this piece placed! It was one of my favorites! Congratulations and Kudos!
Sherry Wendling08/04/06
Melanie, congratulations! Your poetry is so vivid and well-structured. What a breathtaking glimpse you give us of that unforgettable day in the life of Simon the Cyrene! In a few short strokes, the main character came alive.

I was captured by this line: "And somehow knew His sacrifice
Was destined for this hour".
I'm so glad this gem will be published!
Helen Paynter08/08/06
Melanie, I'm just catching up on what I didn't read last week. Very many congratulations for this moving poem - a well deserved win.