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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: Observer at Calvary
By Betty Castleberry
08/21/06


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Observer at Calvary

Slender form
Strong and young
Pierced without thought
Laughter, mocking grimaces
Reeling closer
Eyes malignant and menacing

Head bowed forward
Thorns pricking soft flesh
Warm ruby drops
Glistening at temples
Sinister words
Taunt a loving a heart

Parched dry lips
Twisted and papery
Begging for cool water
Splashed with vinegar
Hateful words
And rough hands near

Sun and dust
No relief from elements
No escaping the pain
Snaking through weary limbs
Devouring strength
Unable to shut out evil

Sun grueling
But for a moment, darkness
Sorrowful eyes questioning
Seeking divine reasoning
Sentry fearful
Turns away from reverent eyes

Body spent
Breath ragged and faint
Eyelids flicker, then close
Shutting out the punishment
Manís wickedness
Against all of mankind

Wooden cross
Rough and simply fashioned
Sense of duty
Jeers now irrelevant
Lips set firm
Hands balled into fists

Countenance softens
Sin is borne with sweet purpose
Pain fleeting in the grand scheme
Nails driven deep
Yet only love
Can hold Him there


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Kaye Petts08/24/06
Wow!! Great discription. I could see the pictures as I read. What a real way of presenting that day. Keep writing and God Bless, Kaye
Jacquelyn Horne06/25/07
Beautiful message here. Very powerful words!