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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)

TITLE: My Aunt Margie
By Coleene VanTilburg


My Mother's older sister,
Aunt Margie is her name.
A twin sister named Marian;
Together, the laughter was insane.

Not too often, I did see them
For both lived far away.
But Margie was just up north,
Sometimes she would come for a stay.

Bright red hair was always shining,
And animal print stretch pants she wore.
A love for dogs and especially her cherished bird;
Never caged much; like her free spirit she bore.

A keen wit and sarcastic aire,
Genetically passed along to cope
With tough times and situations like all of us,
But always seeing some hope.

For me, this last year was very special.
We'd talk on the phone quite a lot.
It was like having the voice of my mother again,
Straightforward, but in love, never forgot.

We would speak of her days she knew were numbered,
And my poetry did bless her with thought.
One day I prayed on the phone with her,
I am so thankful for what the Lord has taught.

So now Aunt Margie, you are eternally young again.
Your beauty returned, God be the Glory.
The Greer sisters reunited, Marian, Margie and Joyce,
Our hearts now hold their story.

Love and Thanks, your niece, Joyce's daughter,
Coleene VanTilburg

P.S. I will truly miss our long talks, her honest words when my voice would crack with sorrow talking about my own recent loss of my son Timmy.

"...You're not going to cry now are you...?"

Something about the way she said it made me pull it together...

I learned she loved Kona Coffee and fruitcake. At 84, she still loved to "flirt"...

She was proud of her grandchildren but wished she had understood her own mother more.

We'd always ended our own phone conversations with "I love you" and she'd say "I love you too, honey. I'll talk with you again soon".

I talked with her more this year since loosing my son, then I ever have my whole life. It was a gift, to both of us I believe for I got to share so much of the Lord with her and when she needed to feel His presence, when she was alone and scared, she called me and asked me to pray for her, not expecting I would pray right there over the phone. I did, and I believe,God's presence became real and personal to her that day.

Thank you God, for a chance to bond once again to someone special in my life, and to be able to share an intimate, eternal moment with my Aunt Margie.

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Joanne Sher 04/26/08
This is a lovely remembrancce. What a comfort she must be to you.

Just for future reference, you shouldn't put your own name inside a challenge entry. They are meant to be anonymous. No worries, though - just remember for next time.

I liked your poem especially. Thanks for sharing it.
Coleene VanTilburg 04/26/08
Oops...totaly missed that,when I copied and pasted...It was my expression of condolence to my cousins, her sons. I will remember next time for sure if I submit anything similar... thanks for your advice and nice words. C