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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Easter (05/30/05)

TITLE: Pilate Before the Christ
By Linda Watson Owen
06/05/05


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Introduction: The people of the greatest drama of all time are the people of Christís Passion. In the lives of the women, the disciples, the soldiers, Herod, and Pilate, to name a few, we must admit to seeing ourselves. We see our faith, our doubts, our hopelessness, and our selfishness among many other traits that we know to be ours on any given day. The following poem presents Pilate as he struggles with the most important decision he will ever make.

Pilate Before the Christ

Pilate, how pathetic,
as you bend your will to sin,
a pleaser of the people,
giving in to every whim.
Priests hold your feet to fire
as you gaze at Godís own Son.
Do you know your name lives on here
when your life on earth is done?

Look upon the face of Jesus.
See beyond the surging crowd.
Shut out the screaming voices,
so demanding, coarse, and loud.
Still your questions, and step closer
to the One who stands accused.
Feel the power of His Presence.
Will you ĎI AMí refuse?

O Pilate, can your palace walls
protect you from yourself?
Shall your eternal soul be saved
by earthly fame and wealth?
Before you dip your hands into
delusionís soothing bowl,
consider now the price youíll payó
the losing of your soul!


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Lynda Lee Schab 06/07/05
I've never really thought about what Pilate must have been going through before that earth-shattering decision. Your poem flowed well and was beautifully written. Your talent is evident.
Blessings, Lynda
Debra Bowers06/07/05
A beautiful example of poetry at it's best. Unique subject and thought provoking words. "Excellent!"
Jan Ackerson 06/07/05
Most definitely NOT a Beginner poem! Both the rhyme and the meter are beautiful and true, and the subject matter is powerful and unique. If this one's not a winner, I'll eat my Easter bonnet.
dub W06/08/05
Written like a Psalm, I loved this piece. Thank you for sharing it.
Linda Germain 06/09/05
Me Too! Very well done and definitely not beginner material. You are on the right road. :0)
Shari Armstrong 06/10/05
Very nice work! I especially liked this part:
"Before you dip your hands into
delusionís soothing bowl,
consider now the price youíll payó
the losing of your soul! "
Amy Michelle Wiley 06/11/05
Wow! That is an awesome poem!!
Pat Guy 06/11/05
A winner - no doubt about it! Absolutely loved it! Wow!
Val Clark06/11/05
Well done, this is a very well constructed poem, with no forced rhymes and wonderful, nuance rich, phrases like 'delusionís soothing bowl' to enrich it!
Sally Hanan06/11/05
Yup, definitely too good for beginner level! Beautifully done and thought out.
Suzanne R06/12/05
Phew! That was quite breathtaking! WELL DONE! (I don't think you'll be in beginners very long!!)