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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Passing the Test
By Ruth Neilson
02/23/11


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Wars come and go
Beginning and ending
Barely earning a notation
Upon the annuals of time
Names long forgotten
Heroes forsaken—
Once sworn never to be abandoned

The Empire where the sun never sets
Now shattered, a shadow of her greatness
A proud Empire,
Became the sick man of Europe
Splintering into countries
Emperors and pride, both easily shattered
Just like spun glass.

Century after century march past
Hundred years readily change
The world as we know it
Empires rise and fall
Kings and queens replaced
As the hands of time continue to move
Tick-tock tick-tock.

Why should we care?
This is nothing but dried bones—
Useless facts and dates.

Students complain
And teachers hope and pray
That maybe their students
Know enough to pass the test
After all, does it really matter?

Yes! It has to matter
More than merely making the grade
Or passing the class
It has to matter or else
Or else, everything that has been done
A desperate attempt for immortality
Will it all be for nothing?

Years march by like little tin soldiers
Lined up in neat little rows.
Never ceasing; let alone hesitating
And still they come
Will I be remembered?
I doubt it—at least not here on earth
But my name will be remembered for centuries in Heaven.


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Henry Clemmons02/24/11
Very powerful opening and message delivered. I loved everything but the tick-tock line, but that's probably just me. In truth the entire piece was powerfully written. The pace was fast and you hit the point hard. I really enjoyed it and hope it does well. I love reading poems with a punch. Well done!
Hiram Claudio02/26/11
A wonderful read and a very powerful ending! Well crafted and loaded with delicious nuggets to chew on all along the way.
Bonnie Bowden 02/26/11
There is so much truth in the words of your poem.

Sara Harricharan 03/02/11
Ah. I remember sitting in history class hearing this. My guess is the British Empire, yes? Fun read--brings back memories and it has a good note of truth in it. Too often we forget and that's why history repeats itself. Nicely done!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/04/11
Congratulations on ranking 6th in Masters and in the top 20 overall!!