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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

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Date: 11/16/2012 2:04:00 PM
God works in mysterious way. Light & Love
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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
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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 :>)
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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
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Date: 1/16/2012 5:18:00 AM
Great poem, Robert. Well written! It's late, but congratulations on your win! Cheers, Maureen
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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.
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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! :)
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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.
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Date: 9/18/2011 6:15:00 AM
Excellent poem Robert, love this viewpoint, a soldier's watch. Beautifully written.
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Date: 9/10/2011 9:26:00 PM
This is sooo amazing Robert! Congratulations on your wonderful win; truly deserving indeed! Love, Annalise
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Date: 8/29/2011 7:47:00 AM
A hearty and holy congratulations to you Robert for a terrific win
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Date: 8/28/2011 9:57:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS for this terrific win together with your astonishing written masterpiece~~~smile ~~~*-*jun-jun
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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
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Date: 8/23/2011 8:00:00 PM
Congrats Robert on your terrific win in PS International contest with this awesome write luv..
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Date: 8/23/2011 4:09:00 PM
Congrats Robert on your placement in the Poetry Soup contest. Vince
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Date: 8/23/2011 3:43:00 PM
Congratulations April, 2011 5th Place Contest Winner! Outstanding write. Loved it! Caryl Ramsdale
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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
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Date: 8/22/2011 10:37:00 PM
A beautiful narrative made even the more beautiful by rimes, Ball. Congrats.
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Date: 8/22/2011 8:15:00 PM
a personal retelling congrad's on your vision winning! Light & Love
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Date: 8/22/2011 4:40:00 PM
Congratulations Robert on your win!This is excellent.
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Date: 8/22/2011 2:49:00 PM
...congratulations to you Robert for achieving a spot in the winners' list in the April 2011 contest...i loved reading today...:)
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Date: 8/22/2011 12:36:00 PM
I am happy to see your name on the fifth place in this international contest, Robert
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Date: 8/22/2011 10:52:00 AM
Great job, Robert. Congratulations and enjoy your winnings. Agape, Moses
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Date: 8/22/2011 10:08:00 AM
Congratulations Robert on your fabulous Soup win with this wonderful write. Enjoy your honor, I enjoyed the read. Caryl
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Date: 8/22/2011 9:36:00 AM
Dear Robert, Congratulations on your success in Soup Admin's contest. I'm so happy for you! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 8/22/2011 9:42:00 AM
Thank you very much my new found friend, if you remember you encouraged me to enter this poem into this contest finishing fifth is an amazing thing to me, God has blessed us my friend with the power of the verse, maybe we can and will make a difference, how's your health? God bless