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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Etched in Paper
By Ruth Neilson
04/12/10


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Words etched onto a page,
Spoken in a whisper, it would be missed
Wisdom intertwined with dread, always echoing,
"LET US OUT OF HERE!"

A first love, transcending time.
Oh, such is a thirteen year olds dream!
To be remembered—to be seen
Forgetting the terror and running free.

Her readers instantly transported--
Deep into her dreams and nightmares:
"What adventures can be done
What if we are found?"

Barely allowing life to show,
And yet, for what avail?
A life cut short by one man's hatred.
Papers of life scattered throughout the ages.

One girl's voice, silenced in this realm,
But remains strong,
Bringing life and hope to others,
As her voice is engraved on sheets of paper.

Words etched onto another page,
Answering, pressing, pursuing,
Wishing to remove the evil
And to chase away the darkness.

Seeking for the answer,
To explain away the senseless madness.
Neighbor killing neighbor,
All because one is a Muslim and one is a Christian.

Tears shed,
Mingling with ink and lined paper.
Hoping to survive just one more day
Just wanting to influence a world for the better.

--
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
--Anne Frank

Dedicated to those who write their stories for future generations. So that we will learn from their mistakes and see they are just as human as we are.


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Loren T. Lowery04/15/10
Weather it was intended or not as foreshadowing, I knew immediately where this was going from the first stanza onward. I couldn't nor did I want to stop reading. Simply profound.
Beth LaBuff 04/15/10
What a chilling time your poem recalls. Anne's message still lives on despite wars and rumors of wars. Very good work on this!
Charla Diehl 04/15/10
I was thinking Anne Frank on the onset. When I finished, I read it again because I found this so stirring. Excellent job with this sad and horrific piece of history.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
Very powerful and so important to let the future know of the past.
Patricia Herchenroether04/17/10
Boy, I haven't read that diary in years, but I must do so again-thanks for the well-written reminder of how easily an evil man can draw in supporters. We need to be on guard for what is to come. Thank you-great submission.
Gerald Shuler 04/19/10
What a powerful message. You skillfully laid it on our modern front porch. Oh, if only the world would hear.
Mona Purvis04/19/10
Strongly argued. Filled with wisdom. Well done.

Mona
Rachel Phelps04/20/10
Lovely. Just... lovely.
angelos2 wark04/21/10
The Diary of Anne Frank. Wow!

What a moving reminder of a horrendous time in our history.

Thank You for a great piece!