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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Roaring of Truth
By Henry Clemmons
11/01/10


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Soaring vultures
Circling whispers
Half-dead road kill … stain eastbound lanes … on Highway 6

He cheated on his
WIFE
  Wife
    wife

With that redheaded
FLOOZ
   Flooz
     flooz

That’s what we heard … no reason to doubt … has to be true


Waves of black bats
Wakes of echoes
Fly in and out … shadowed towers … silvery moon

He tormented her
LIFE
  Life
     life

She attempted to
DIE
  Die
    die

That’s what we heard … no reason to doubt … has to be true


Razor sharp tongues
Dark clouds of wasps
Wind driven sleet … bloodied whipped welts … tortured torn skin

The husband’s to
BLAME
  Blame
    blame

So’s that redheaded
FLOOZ
  Flooz
    flooz

That’s what we heard … no reason to doubt … has to be true


Cat o’ nine tails
Whistling wet air
Horrific screams … feed the roar of … Niagara lies

Hey, she made it all
UP
  Up
    up

She was crazy with
BOOZE
  Booze
    booze

That’s what we heard … wasn’t our fault … thought it was true


Meandering river
Greenish smooth blue
Glimmering light … frames a body … facedown and gone

That’s what they caused … wasn’t their first … done it before

Bloodied crude nails
Stabbing red flesh
Hanging from wood … up on a hill … truth crucified

They Called Him a fake … they jeered to His face … then asked was He true

The silence of Calvary
The roaring of truth

The rolling of stone away
The roaring of truth

The ascension of Jesus
The roaring of truth

The blessed Holy Spirit
The roaring of truth

The husband’s in Heaven
The roaring of truth

The wife’s deliverance
The roaring of truth

The redhead’s restoration
The roaring of truth

The sentence for gossiping
The roaring of truth


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
Wow this is super intense. I like the style it really drives your point home.
Jody Day 11/06/10
Powerful. The style keeps this reader moving forward.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/08/10
You've penned an awesome poem...again!
Cheryl Harrison 11/08/10
Great job! Loved the style.
Joan Campbell11/08/10
What a unique style, so skillfully executed. I particularly enjoyed the "echo" effect. The imagery shockingly shows how destructive gossip is, but ends with the beauty and hope of Christ and truth. Very powerful writing!
Troy Manning11/08/10
I agree w/ Joan about the effective use of echoes in representing the gossip. Very well done! What's this structure called? :)
Lollie Hofer 11/09/10
There's nothing I can add to what's already been said but just wanted to express my pleasure in reading this powerfully, well-written poem. Great message, great execution. This is a winner in my book.
Caitlyn Meissner11/09/10
Wow! I loved the echoes, and the Christian message. Very well done!
Rachel Phelps11/09/10
Henry - your poetic talent is truly masterful. This is haunting and so impactful. Wonderful!
Kate Oliver Webb11/10/10
This is extraordinary and beautiful in both style and powerful message. Wonderful!
Mona Purvis11/10/10
Tears blur my vision as I attempt to comment on your writing. To say it is very special isn't saying all I want to say. You are able to paint such a vivid picture by choosing exactly the right color of word.
Moving. Powerful. Exquisite.

Mona
Patricia Turner11/10/10
Very unique, creative and powerful. I too like the echo effect you achieved to drive home the message.
Benjamin Graber11/11/10
Wow, Henry - what an emptionally powerful, well-crafted poem! Congratulations an another award!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/11/10

Congratulations on your EC!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/11/10
Congratulations AGAIN, Henry on placing with your wonderfully written poem. I believe that moves you up to Masters--where you belong!
Carol Penhorwood 11/11/10
I can't add a thing to what has already been said. A truly powerful piece well deserving of placement! Wow!
Beth LaBuff 11/11/10
This is just amazing, Henry... and truly profound. Your poetic format makes this come alive. Super congrats!
Noel Mitaxa 11/11/10
Brilliant, simply brilliant!
Melanie Kerr 11/12/10
Excellent. It made for compelling reading. The structure of the poem added to its intensity and mood. Some of the images you used were very vivid.
Nancy Sullivan 11/12/10
Now THIS is a poem. Another fine writer of poetry who is also a teacher of someone (like me) who can only aspire to this level of creativity. Congratulations!
Colin Nielsen 11/13/10
Strong images and language. You my friend are very very good and it was a pleasure to read.