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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: The Book
By Rhonda McKissack
01/29/07


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She picked up her book
on the table one day
And started to read it
while the kids were at play

With minor disruptions
from the noise right outside
She hoped she could finish
the sentence this time

This book was so intriguing,
it was hard to put down
But she had to get ready
as they were going to town

I know! She exclaimed,
an idea came to mind
Iíll take the book with me
and read as we dine

But dinner was noisy,
the kids wanting to fight
So she put the book down
and would read it that night

But as she was leaving,
a much hurried affair
She left it just lying
in her soft cushioned chair

When at last she was home
and the kids tucked away
She found the book missing
with a look of dismay

The bell rang loudly
so she ran to the door
And there stood and old man
who really looked poor

His eyes had been crying,
it was easy to see
And he told her this story
about Emma Lee

He married his sweetheart,
they were young and in love
But God had took her
to the Heaven's above

His Emma was a saint
all the kids called her Mother
And she carried this book
as she shared Christ with others

He had been so depressed
and the blame was this book
He was mad, he was hurt
and let Satan set his hook

As he went out to dinner
he was placed at her seat
And he saw the book lying
right down by his feet

It was the same one his Emma
had gave her life for
The Savior, His stories
and so much more

It was then that it hit him
this book wasnít just left
It was planted by God,
to reveal His Glorious self

He had prayed at the table
with the book in his hand
As the peace overtook him
and made him a new man

As he softly put the Bible
back into her hands
He thanked her for leaving
it for this old man

As she turned out the lights
and went up to sleep
She kneeled and thanked God
for the words that He keeps

The old man, he died
in his sleep that same night
And now heís rejoicing
with Emma in his sight

So remember when reading
this book full of stories
To share it, and live it,
will bring God the Glory


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Donna Emery02/04/07
A lovely story and a wonderful ending. There were some inconsistencies in rhyme and in meter but overall you told this story very well. Good work
Bonnie Way02/06/07
From someone who finds poetry very hard to write... good work here! Nice flow and rhythm (some lines need work), and a great story. :)