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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: First World Problem (04/17/14)

TITLE: Deadly Greed
By Charla Diehl
04/22/14


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Winter passes the baton to Spring--the sunís strength
warms the shivering earth, and new life emerges
Birds sing as gentle rains birth beauty
Flowers bloom, trees leaves unfurl
and senses are delighted
Abundant miracles daily--why?
Our Creator loves us
We are to be His caretakers but greed
continues to chop down forests,
scar meadows with malls, and blacken hearts

God filled rivers, lakes and oceans with life
that have been captured in masses to
stock restaurant kitchens and grocery cases
with more than they need--while
barges, ocean liners and corporations
pollute the waters without regard
killing fish, plant life and sea creatures

Long ago the desire for more began humanityís decline
You remember, donít you?
It happened on a day wrapped in sunshine
and scented with the perfume of exotic flowers
Warbled melodies pleased the ears and
all was right with the world until. . .
The tempter came hissing venomous lies using greed as bait
The fruit was plucked from the forbidden tree,
its juice still dripping from Eveís lips
as she offered Adam its sweet taste
Willingly he shared in her disobedience

Once they knew a life of ease
filled with pleasures beyond compare
Their world was one of peace, love and joy
Everything--absolutely all they needed
was at their disposal day and night
They risked it all for a moments pleasure inspired by greed
God was watching
Now they knew pain, sorrow, shame, turmoil, even death
Wanting more but getting so much less
Still today we live in the shadow of that original sin
while greed is ever increasing


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CD (Camille) Swanson 04/25/14
Beautiful job.

God bless~
Joe Moreland04/26/14
"Wanting more, but getting so much less."

Great job with this. Way to show that Christians can care about the environment too. So many environmentalists seem to think that a desire for a clean and safe Earth precludes belief in God. They forget who made everything so perfectly in the first place. You beautiful poem reminds me how the sin brought into the world has tainted everything.

Laura Hawbaker 04/28/14
Really liked the line, "wanting more but getting so much less"

Also liked the title--very appropriate.

My bit of red ink--when I read poems with little punctuation I constantly find myself adding it in and that ruins the flow of the poem. Maybe that is more of my problem than the author's!
Ellen Carr 04/30/14
Great writing! This is truly hard-hitting and puts greed right up there as the main culprit of the world's many problems. Well done!
Ellen Carr 05/01/14
Just wanted to agree with Laura's comment re punctuation, as you have requested red ink. I like punctuation in poetry too. Nonetheless, you've done a great job.