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Greater Art Thou!

"Poetry is a way of 
               taking life by the throat."


Heart broken torn apart like scrambl’d eggs;
As the weak link snapp’d momentum slow’d—stopp’d
Love wherest art thou? Torment’d now begs,
This cup of scourge, drink or not—spill’d—now mopp’d.

Et tu Brute? Whisper’d from Caesar’s lips;
Yet Romeo and Juliet once lov’d,
Like Macbeth’s witches brew—don’t drink nor sip:
Fate or faith shatter’d, vulture pick’d bones—cross’d.

Heart pleadeth upward—greater is thy love,
Open Heaven’s gate with thy purest light;
Hearest thou not the meek? Awaiting thy dove!
Remove these shadows of darkness and strife:

Greater art thou in Heaven than on Earth,
Creator of creation giveth now birth!

© Joseph, 9/4/08
© All Rights Reserved

Honorable Mentioned Finalist Certificate
Poetry Soup International Poetry Contest
Jan 2009.
Poetry Soup Weekly Featured Poem 
Sunday, May 24, 2009, to May 31, 2009

Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


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  1. Date: 5/15/2010 11:45:00 AM
    Good Day Joseph: This is a really fascinating poem. All I can say is BRAVO!!! Yours truly: Sheol

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 9:56:00 AM
    Joseph,..this Sonnet really rocked me,..what a wonderful write and well deserved win ! Congratulations ! james

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 11:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on winning with this very intricate and well written poem. Very well done. Regards Heidie

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 6:21:00 AM
    a beautiful poem How great thou art, Amen to that my friend, God bless you from diane congrats on your win

  1. Date: 6/2/2009 4:24:00 PM
    Congratulations Joseph on your sonnet "Greater Art Thou" making the list of winners. Vince

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 7:35:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Joseph. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 4:05:00 AM
    Warmest congrats Joseph on your most excellent and well deserved win! Love, Shar

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured and making it to the semi finals. God bless. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/1/2009 12:36:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Joseph . Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 9:36:00 AM
    My warmest congratulations to you dear on your awesome placement… you are such a wonderful writer… please let your poetry pen keep dancing to the drum beat of your passions and poetrysoup-land. You are great. leke

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 7:11:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being placed > James

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 6:44:00 AM
    Beautiful poem, and well deserved win!! A Big Congratulations, Joseph!!!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 5:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Joseph! Such a beautiful write!

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 2:44:00 AM
    Bravo ... beautiful read and by the comments people beneath me are leaving , I can see you placed in the big PS comp so congratulations for both ... love and light Jayne

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 1:19:00 AM
    Dear J, my congratulations to you on your success placing in PS contest, bravo! Ernesto

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 11:32:00 PM
    Congrats on your success in PS contest Joseph.Rgds Brian (Hope you caught my 'tag' to thank you for your epulaeryu form )

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 9:26:00 AM
    Its all been said before I got here lovely write love and light Jayne

  1. Date: 5/12/2009 6:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on both your poems making it into the semi finals Joseph. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 10:00:00 PM
    Joseph, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 7:01:00 AM
    Congrats on making it through to the first round! Good luck in the finals. Love, Shar