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A Letter Home To Rome'

My dearest Claudia, 

     For eighteen months, I've been at this Jerusalem outpost.
     "Tis you and young Julius that I miss the most.
     This wasn't the adventure I set out to seek-
     At least, not until this past week'
     A local rabbi rode a donkey into town,
     While people were throwing palm branches down.
     Many proclaimed Him to be their "King."
     The Jewish leaders vehemently denied such a thing'

     They arrested Him and a riot ensued;
     My squad was called in to get the masses subdued.
     Back and forth, they sent Him- through several mock trials.
     The prisoner maintained His silence all the while.

     "He's a traitor to Rome," the priest and leaders cried.
     And the crowd wanted Him crucified'
     A "Royal robe" they made Him wear
     Then His own cross He was forced to bear.

     With a thorny crown jammed down upon His head,
     It was off to Golgotha He was led.
     Lifted up between two thieves,
     The day turned black and I wanted to leave'

     Then I heard my Centurion say something very odd:
     "Truly this is the Son of God'"
     Buried in a borrowed grave- as if in a womb-
     I and my men guarded that tomb.

     Then some time during the middle of the night,
     The rock was rolled back 'midst a blinding light'

     In the morning some woman came to that "prison,"
     But two beings inside said "He has Risen'"
     This week's events have so drastically changed my life.
     That I was compelled to tell you of them, my beloved wife.
                                                                                           Your Husband Octavius

                                                                                     Arthur Ball (h.S.L.P.)
                                                                                     April 16, 2006

Copyright © Robert Ball

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 2:04:00 PM
    God works in mysterious way. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 9:03:00 PM
    Robert, here I am with a be-lated :-) congratulations with your wonderful win in the " April, 2011 Contest " It is very nice to see you on this winning list..*'.*'.*' hip hip hooray. Good night :-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 2/19/2012 3:16:00 PM
    Goosebumps aside-what a simple interpretation of my Lord and Savior Jesus' resurrection. Maybe you want to submit to Guideposts and bless Christians around the globe. Janet your sis-in-law to be :>)

  1. Date: 2/5/2012 3:37:00 AM
    Thanks Robert for your kind comment. I have read this poem before. Excellent rhyming and rythm! I also liked you imagined scene - shows great creativity. God bless, Maureen

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 5:18:00 AM
    Great poem, Robert. Well written! It's late, but congratulations on your win! Cheers, Maureen

  1. Date: 12/7/2011 2:03:00 AM
    interesting piece, this is a great one. My mentor increases day by day. You are one. My regards.

  1. Date: 11/7/2011 7:13:00 PM
    An ancient story that blooms anew in this fascinating verse. The story and rhyme are precise to keep the reader involved to the very end. A worthy win! :)

  1. Date: 10/15/2011 7:59:00 AM
    In order to write great poetry one must read the greatest poems....that's why I am reading yours! Awesome win here, Robt.

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 6:15:00 AM
    Excellent poem Robert, love this viewpoint, a soldier's watch. Beautifully written.

  1. Date: 9/10/2011 9:26:00 PM
    This is sooo amazing Robert! Congratulations on your wonderful win; truly deserving indeed! Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 8/29/2011 7:47:00 AM
    A hearty and holy congratulations to you Robert for a terrific win

  1. Date: 8/28/2011 9:57:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS for this terrific win together with your astonishing written masterpiece~~~smile ~~~*-*jun-jun

  1. Date: 8/24/2011 3:52:00 PM
    Congratulations Robert and a well deserved win with your interesting piece of literature. Love, vie.

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:41:00 PM
    What an amazing verse Robert, so filled with meaning and the terror of that time. A well deserved win in the contest and I am so happy for you

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 8:00:00 PM
    Congrats Robert on your terrific win in PS International contest with this awesome write luv..

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 4:09:00 PM
    Congrats Robert on your placement in the Poetry Soup contest. Vince

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 3:43:00 PM
    Congratulations April, 2011 5th Place Contest Winner! Outstanding write. Loved it! Caryl Ramsdale

  1. Date: 8/23/2011 7:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in PoetrySoup's International Poetry Contest Robert. I am very happy for you. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 10:37:00 PM
    A beautiful narrative made even the more beautiful by rimes, Ball. Congrats.

  1. Date: 8/22/2011 8:15:00 PM
    a personal retelling congrad's on your vision winning! Light & Love