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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: The Lowly Pawn
By Kristi Peifer
09/16/08


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The Master, wise, benevolent,
Gazed down upon the patterned plot,
As all creation gathered there—
The time had come to face their lot.

Assembling on the checkered paths
Were those of rank, renown and brawn.
Amongst them, small and sallow yet—
There stood I, the lowly pawn.

Not much had I to bring in way of service
To my Sovereign.
The best that I could offer Him,
Myself, He took upon Him.

He knew my shadowed history.
He knew the faults I brought.
And yet, He cleansed me from my stains
And with His blood, my ardor bought!

Armed only with His promise,
And a tattered, worn-down sword,
I stood ready on the front lines,
Prepared to die to serve my Lord!

The darkened foe, both swift and sly
Summoned throngs from deep below
And squandering not one moment more,
Cutlass brandished, struck his blow!

One stroke of sin had staggered us!
The evil one took in the sight.
He chortled as he relished
Just how easily he’d won the fight.

The Rook, declaring victory,
Prepared to claim his sway,
Unaware of death’s defeat
Declared by God on time’s first day!

In the final moments of the match
The Rook stood shocked as sin was felled!
No sting would come from death’s checkmate—
“You’re home, my child! You have done well.”

For when the game of life is o’er
And dust to dust, our flesh shall wane,
The game’s objective has been won—
To live is Christ, to die is gain!*

(* Reference to Philippians 1:21, NIV)


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Joanne Sher 09/18/08
Excellent job of working this analogy throughout the piece - wonderfully done. I LOVE especially the last stanza.
Chely Roach09/21/08
I love your creative approach to the topic. A lovely poem with a perfect message. Well done!
Shelley Ledfors 09/22/08
There's a great message in this poem. Thanks for sharing it!
Anne Linington09/23/08
This is a great poem, analogy carried throughout, and right on topic. Nice work.
Celeste Ammirata09/23/08
This is really good. A wonderful take on the topic. Well written and easy to read. I too, especially like the last stanza. God Bless
Marlene Austin09/23/08
Nice poetry form. Message flowed well throughout each stanza. Good job. :)
LauraLee Shaw09/24/08
Very good rhyming here with the perfect message.
Karlene Jacobsen 09/24/08
No critique, only applaus! Wonderful poem!