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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)

TITLE: Mystery Hero
By Thomas Kappel
12/10/06


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Ah, Thomas,
you of little faith,
doubter, man of
mystery.

Thomas,
twin in Aramaic,
Didymus,
twin in Greek.
twin-twin
a mystery within.

Twin of whom?
or even more yet,
whom are you
is the bigger question
we get?

Doubting Thomas
Thomas The Believer
Thomas Dydimus
The eighth apostle,
We know not you,
nor your twin.

Mystery Thomas,
from whence came you?
And,
where did you go,
and,
what did you do?

You were willing to die
with he whom you loved.
You doubted and believed
with,
“My Lord and My God.”

Death and arising
you experienced twice,
Lazarus in Bethany,
and the risen Lord
in your sight.

You were there for a reason,
your mind so bright,
to question with reason
is your free will right.

You’re remembered for doubting,
but few know your life,
man of mystery you remain,
unsung hero so bright.

You wrote down his words,
scholars study with awe,
and through context
and attestations,
prove what everyone there
saw.

To the end of the Earth,
to Madras, India you went,
and shared the words of
our Lord, as was your intent.

So far from home,
unable to return,
when the Mother of Jesus
forever left this Earth.

Yet, Joseph of Arimathaea
in The Passing of Mary writes
the honor bestowed you as witness
that night.

Apostle to India and Saint
to your name, doubter is no longer
your claim to fame.

And more legend surrounds you
from that far off land, you’re
honored today an
unsung hero to man.


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Helen Paynter12/15/06
Great poem, with some thought-provoking ideas. From a technical point of view I enjoyed the stanzas which were more clearly free-verse than those which came closer to traditional rhyming poetry. My opinion - you should stick with free verse for this subject. Powerful writing.
Beth Muehlhausen12/17/06
This second stanza grabbed me:

"Thomas,
twin in Aramaic,
Didymus,
twin in Greek.
twin-twin
a mystery within."

The "legend" leading beyond the image of doubter also hit me. I read this several times....

Connie Van Berkel12/17/06
I'm captivated by the content and by the method. I also read this work several times.