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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: A Job to Die for
By Verna Cole Mitchell
05/21/12


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“You are not the right one for this job.
You are not trained and do not have the skill
Or even the experience that you need.
Since you lack capability,
You will be sure to fail.
Neither do you have the strength,
The rigor that’s required.
You’ll risk not just your life,
But also your reputation,
And your family’s honor as well.
This position’s far too dangerous
For such a lightweight as you.
You’re young and immature for this pursuit
And blinded by your own conceit.
What’s more, you do not own
The necessary equipment.
You’re foolish to think it possible
That you’ll achieve success
Where so many others have failed.”

Then David picked up five smooth stones,
And taking his sling in his hand,
He approached the giant, Goliath,
The champion of the Philistines,
And in the name of the Lord God Almighty,
He killed him with just one stone.


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CD (Camille) Swanson 05/25/12
A fine telling of David's "risk" in killing Goliath. I enjoyed this story that was completely on topic, with a wonderful message.

God Bless~
Beth LaBuff 05/25/12
This message transcends time, ethnicity, and even gender. :) I love how you stacked the odds against David, yet he wasn't daunted. You completely had me puzzled until I got to the second section. This is made perfect sense. Perfect entry, perfect for the topic, perfect delivery!! I love it!
Beth LaBuff 05/25/12
THEN IT made perfect sense! (Sorry about the typo in the previous comment.) I need an editor. :)
Danielle King 05/27/12
Amazing poem. I couldn't make sense of it until the end paragraph. Good use of the topic too.
Denene Humphrey05/28/12
This was great! We all hear the voice of the accuser of the brethren telling us what we can't or are not qualified to do. It's up to us to tell the enemy to shut up and take the risk to do God's bidding.
Noel Mitaxa 05/29/12
Loved the title, which did not show its relevance until the penny dropped about David. Very well done.
Fiona Stevenson05/30/12
Enjoyed your prose-poem so much. You have done a great job of showing how age old the discouragements of today really are! Keep writing. God bless you.
Margaret Kearley 05/31/12
This is brilliant Verna - many congratulations and very very well deserved.
Lillian Rhoades 05/31/12
This is SO beautiful in its simplicity with few, but well chosen words.

You said so much with so little. Congratulations!!!
Carol Penhorwood 05/31/12
Absolute perfection, my friend! Congratulations on a well deserved EC...third place no less! I think this is my favorite of all you have written. Can you tell I loved it?
Yvonne Blake 05/31/12
Perfect! Congratulations on your EC. It well deserved it!
CD (Camille) Swanson 05/31/12
Congratulations! God Bless~