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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: Only A Sneeze Will Do
By Carolyn Ancell
04/15/13
~6th Place


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Are you in search of a blessing from God?
There's a surefire way to receive:
Just sneeze!

A stubbed toe won't do it.
You'll hear, "Watch your step."
A frown will elicit, "Cheer up."
But to hear a "God bless,"
you simply "Achoo."
Only an sneeze will do.

Cough, you'll be offered a soothing drop.
A hanky will follow a tear.
But a sneeze? You're in luck.
In the blink of an eye,
a hearty "God bless you" you'll hear.

Choke, and a Heimlich's forthcoming.
Nod off, "Poor old thing," you (might) hear.
But sneeze, and folks
you don't even know
are blessing you far and near.

What's the origin of this curious thing?
A pope, and bubonic plague!
Gregory his name,
his century the sixth.
He made it the rule of the realm.

And lo and behold, the plague then did wane.
God answered those prayers, my friend.
So, if it is blessing
you seek in your life,
just sneeze, and sneeze.
Amen!

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Christina Banks 04/20/13
I enjoyed your poem. Thank you.
Beth LaBuff 04/23/13
What a glorious message in this charming poem! My favorite stanza, "Choke, and a Heimlich's forthcoming. -- Nod off, "Poor old thing," you (might) hear. -- But sneeze, and folks -- you don't even know -- are blessing you far and near." I LOVE your ending stanza too. Super creativity and fun. This has it all!
Alicia Renkema04/23/13
Well bless you my friend, even though you might not be sneezing right now. Thank you for this cute and informative poem.
Judith Gayle Smith04/24/13
God bless you - amen. Love this!
Charla Diehl 04/25/13
This was cute, fun and to the point. I enjoyed reading your words.
Christina Banks 04/25/13
Congratulations on your EC!
Cheryl Harrison 04/26/13
Cute and informative poem. Congrats on your placing and God bless you for writing!
Bea Edwards 04/26/13
Ah- now to know why many of us are compelled to express verbal blessings on strangers. Interesting and fun. Congratulations on your win!