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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: For What Are Riches
By Thomas Kappel
05/17/06


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For What Are Riches

Material things are meaningless,
the things of this small world.
A burnt match can’t go with you
at the end of this life’s whirl.

Things of the spirit,
prosperity of the soul,
travel with you through eternity
and make and keep you whole.

So how to gather this treasure
to keep forevermore,
is not an easy task
as you journey to the door.

The steps are few in number
divided in groups of three,
four of pain, three of action, and two of change,
is the pathway for you and me.

For He has shown the way,
the way for us to go,
to end up with him in heaven,
for riches beyond what we know.

The few of pain that follow
are the first of His great gifts,
our spirit rejoices to read
the words from His holy lips.

Blessed are they that mourn.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness.
Blessed are they which are persecuted
for righteousness sake.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you
and persecute you.

The next few are the changes,
the path along the way,
the actions you’re accomplished
that you do every day.

Blessed are the merciful
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are the poor in spirit

These actions for us do speak.

And the final two of change,
the prosperity that we seek,
the journey to life’s rewards
through eternity that’s ours to keep.

Blessed are the pure in heart
Blessed are the peacemakers

And the final words are His as well
there are no greater riches
then these last few words foretell
Prosperity is ours to keep
if we’ve followed His words well.

“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad
for great is your reward in heaven.”


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Jessica Schmit05/18/06
great job! You've captured the essence of the topic in a beautiful way. One small nit pick- I felt that the second stanza was a little weak. Other than that, great job!
Phyllis Inniss 05/20/06
Cleverly done the way you divided the beatitudes to make your points.
Maxx .05/23/06
I loved the message and the use of scriptures. Very nice there. A couple of places seemed to struggle a bit, and there were places where there could have been a stronger word or two. But don't let those little picks bug you. Over all a nice piece. :-)
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/24/06
This is a good message. As already stated there are a couple of spots that could use attention, but overall, good job.
Jan Ackerson 05/24/06
I really like the idea of expounding on the Beatitudes for this topic, and I'm suprprised that no one else did it! Wonderful!

I tripped a bit on the meter hare and there, but the content of the poem was lovely.
Jan Ackerson 05/24/06
I meant "here and there!" I don't know how that rabbit got there.
Rita Garcia05/24/06
Great job!! Love this take on prosperity.
Beth Muehlhausen05/24/06
The Beatitudes are a perfect commentary for the topic. :-)