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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: At Jericho Market
By Ellen Carr
01/17/13


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The usual drill, underpaid again.
But what can I do?

A poor inconsequential,
a keep-quiet seller
in the market.

For he pulls the strings,
he sets the price,
he measures the grain,
he fiddles the price.

The usual day, overworked again.
But what can I do?

A small unsubstantial,
a no-power fellow
in the town.

With quick slight of hand
he changes the weights,
heavy ones when he buys
but light when he sells.

The usual ploy, taken for a fool.
But what can I do?

A man with a family,
a treat-right husband
of a wife.

I've toiled many hours,
brought fresh olives in
to barter for grain,
to fill bellies up.

The usual way, keeping wolf from door.
But what can I do?

Bring justice, O Yahweh,
for hard-work people
in our land.

You hate dirty tricks,
false measures and weights,
injustice, deceit.
Will you set things right?

In your holy plan, right prevails.
We commit it to you.

As rivers roll on, justice comes,
a never-fail stream,
righteousness.

The aggrieved will rejoice,
sing praise to our God,
as you measure out
your sweet loving care.


Proverbs 20:10-12 (NIV): Differing weights and measures the Lord detests them both.
Deuteronomy 25:14 (NIV) Do not have two differing measures in your house one large, one small.
Amos 5:24 (NIV) But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!


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Noel Mitaxa 01/20/13
Despite the exploitation that throbs through this piece, you evoke a deep confidence in God's justice with real credibility.
Beth LaBuff 01/21/13
With so much injustice in our cursed world, I long (like Abraham) for a city whose builder and maker is God. You've created a beautiful (and powerful) poem making the yearning for justice tangible. Excellent work!
CD Swanson 01/22/13
Nicely done! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/24/13
Congratulations on ranking 26 overall!