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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: Rosetta's Dilemma
By Verna Cole Mitchell
04/13/10


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Renaldo was an errant knight
Who lived in days of old.
No other knight was brave as he,
Nor was there one so bold.

He swaggered as he strode about,
His jeweled sword agleam.
Renaldo never suffered from
A lack of self esteem.

This knight, he wooed a maiden fair;
Rosetta was her name.
Her beauty lured a host of men
Like moths are drawn to flame.

He vanquished all her other swains
With deeds of chivalry,
Except for poet, Percival,
Her beau in rivalry.

Young Percival wrote odes to her,
Describing all her charms.
He sought her favors faithfully
With poems in place of arms.

A craftsman of the written word
Was Percival the poet.
The lovely verses that he wrote
Would eloquently show it.

Rosetta loved Renaldo’s strength
She saw when he would fight,
But also rhymes by Percival
She viewed with great delight.

Rosetta chose supremacy
Of pen o’er sword instead.
Renaldo rued the choice she made
When Percival she wed.


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Loren T. Lowery04/15/10
A secret revealed? Poetic words - the way to a woman's heart.
Timeless in its telling, but seemingly too difficult for most to understand. Loved it!
Beth LaBuff 04/15/10
oh what a perfectly penned poem! I love your story, your word choices and your meter! This is TOP NOTCH!!!
Noel Mitaxa 04/15/10
Very entertaining, and thanks for avoiding the swordid details.
Jackie Wilson04/15/10
A delight to read, and a tale well told!
Lisa Johnson 04/16/10
Rhyme, meter, phrasing all excellent. Well written, and thoroughly enjoyed.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/17/10
This flows so beautifully.
Lynda Schultz 04/17/10
Excellent poem. Rosetta's a girl of uncommon good sense.
Patricia Herchenroether04/17/10
Wonderful poetry, great flow and rhythm, and right on topic.
Joan Campbell04/18/10
This has such a fun, light rythm and feel to it. A great read - thanks!
Gregory Kane04/18/10
I feel a bit sorry for Renaldo. I reckon he should have shown Percival the edge of his sword and run him out of town!
Sara Harricharan 04/21/10
Oh I LOVE it! What a charming knight-tale. lol! I'm with Rosetta--go with the poet! Hilariously fun and charmingly romantic. ^_^
harvestgal Ndaguba04/21/10
I think precious words touch every women's heart. This is a fun and beautiful light hearted poem. I enjoyed it.
Amy Michelle Wiley 04/21/10
Haha, fun! Great poem.
angelos2 wark04/21/10
Good job!
I thorouhgly enjoyed this poem. A great piece staying true to the topic.
Marita Thelander 04/21/10
Poets are a lot less sweaty than fighting men anyway. :) Well done and easy to read.
Sarah Elisabeth 04/21/10
Charming is the word that came to mind as I read this. Loved it!