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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: No Time to Dawdle, or Delay
By Julie Ruspoli


Here I sit upon my throne,
words of wisdom curse through bone.

Many nights I sit and wonder,
could this be the one, all will ponder.

No time to edit more than once,
time is wasting, I must find my bunce.

One submission every day,
no time to dawdle, or delay.

Mail can be opened while having lunch,
better yet, I’ll just have brunch.

Three rejection letters today,
I’ll read them later, now I must pray.

“Oh Dear Lord, why don’t you answer,
it’s not like I want to be a dancer.”

“Just let them buy a poem or devotional,
then I won’t become so emotional.”

Why can’t the Lord just make it so,
does he really have to be so slow.

Did I forget to pray, a day or two,
I remember praying while rinsing shampoo.

Updates are required, so my computer says,
I’ll read an ‘excuse’, to see what it is.

What is this, a second page,
“Red ink marks!” I begin to rage.

Then a voice inside my head,
“Listen up. Read it instead.”

Is that the Lord talking to me,
“I’ll read it Lord, but not with glee.”

It is so difficult to be rejected,
“Only for you Lord, as expected.”

I can’t believe I missed that spelling,
a fifth grade student could spell ‘telling.’

A scribbled note, upon the top,
“I see potential, please don’t stop.”

“A writers group could improve your skills,
there you will find tips and weekly drills.”

“Seek these helpful sites to peruse,
Christian fellowship is what you should choose.”

I guess I’ve been wrong to push ahead,
learning the basics I will do instead.

My writing should be to spread His word,
the Lord will guide me to be heard.

“Release my soul from this contrite,
forgive me God, allow me to write.”

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jodie banner01/24/08
Right on target for many new writers. Fits topic as well. I liked this. I have to go find my dictionary and look up "bunce".
Yvonne Blake 01/25/08
A poem!
I can really relate to this, but I'd rather have rejection letters than nothing.
I especially like this rhyme.

"I must find my bunce."
Good job...keep writing.
Michelle Roufley01/28/08
I like the rhyme, it is what I best relate to. It's wonderful that you are open to growth, and we could all learn a lesson from you.
LauraLee Shaw01/28/08
I really like this rhyme. This was my favorite line:
“Oh Dear Lord, why don’t you answer,
it’s not like I want to be a dancer.”

It's just about as painful, but what a thought!

James Dixon01/29/08
Have we all been there? It seems like it! Thanks for making me smile.
Hanne Moon 01/29/08
This was good! Every writer goes through this (I'm still in the middle of it! LOL) It's so hard to stop and be still than to charge ahead. I pray for patience as I learn. Very on-topic.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge01/30/08
Refreshing to read a different take on the topic... especially one that all FaithWriters can relate to!
Joy Faire Stewart01/30/08
Loved the poem, great emotion and right on topic.
Dee Yoder 01/30/08
We writers can be an impatient lot! Thanks for the reminder that we have much to learn, and even then, we need to wait on the Lord for inspiration and direction.
Sara Harricharan 01/30/08
I feel the old 'been there, done that' coming to mind here! I like the ryhme and pace, the two line format was very good for this piece, one note, was 'curse' supposed to be 'course?' Otherwise, good stuff! ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/30/08
The last two stanzas are my favorite. Your really are growing in your writng. Congratulations.
Beckie Stewart01/30/08
I love poems that rhyme and tell things so clearly to a topic and so I enjoyed your poem very much.
LaNaye Perkins01/30/08
This is beautiful and I love its meaning. Well done!