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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)

TITLE: Cup O' Life
By Jody Day
10/18/12
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Cup o' Life

It's the gold rim china with a little crack
that it got the day we argued
and you dropped it
we keep it to remember how fragile
our hearts

It's Grandpa's hand curved behind his ear
to hear his grandson say his abcs
and 123s
so loud he's almost yelling
but grinning

It's the trophy held high in the sky
by the hands that wouldn't
give up trying
though everybody said he's
too small

It's the measure of sugar leant by a neighbor
that started a friendship
that lasted forever
though one of them's gone now and
it's hard

It's the portion of coffee that got Daddy going
before six every morning
to his backbreaking job
that kept food on the table
with love

It's the empty hands held together to catch
a sparkling drink from
the first Spring rain
when we were young and dreamed
good things

It's what overflows from the Father above
the goodness and mercy that brims
and spills out
like his blood on that day
at Golgotha

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Verna Cole Mitchell 10/25/12
This is a wonderfully creative poem with its many definitions of "cup."
Camille (C D) Swanson 10/25/12
Very creative entry with enjoyable elements on a whole. Thanks - God bless~
Ellen Carr 10/25/12
I love your poem, its images and language. Great work. Thanks.
Charla Diehl 10/26/12
I enjoyed reading this piece as it created lovely slices of life that your readers can surely relate to.
Genia Gilbert10/27/12
This is very enjoyable. Profound, yet easy to understand. Good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/27/12
This is such a thought provoking poem. I really enjoyed the different cups and you touched my heart with your words.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/27/12
I also meant to say I really liked the different definition from a tea cup to Grandpa cupping his hand around his ear and the loving cup along with a measurement and then ending with the Cup before Jesus. This is really creative and such a clever and fresh POV. :)
Marie Hearty 10/29/12
I liked your poem. Very creative.

God bless!
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/30/12
Great poem to illustrate doing what we are able to do.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/30/12
Oops--I'd already "liked" this poem--my final comment was for the next poem--too bad we can't edit here!
A B10/30/12
I loved this entry. Creative and poignant.
Leola Ogle 10/31/12
Beautiful in its simplicity. I love this. God bless!
Wilma Schlegel 11/02/12
This is simplicity and splendour. I loved it.
Bea Edwards 11/03/12
Winsome and beautiful description of many cups of life.
Excellently crafted poem!