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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)

TITLE: Marnie
By Sue Lyon
05/01/08


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No longer drying of tears with a comforting smile, a word.
No longer melodies, from the kitchen sung or being heard.

No longer long conversations or a day’s stories, events shared.
No longer those actions, that show how much she cared.

The mother she once was has long disappeared,
The needy daughter, baby, infant has re-appeared.

The daughter has become the mother, no matter what, is always there.
The mother has become the daughter, needing the special, loving care.

It happened so slowly, the changes that took place.
Each with their own struggles, to deal with, to face.

The mother seeing changes, each day’s frustrations a dread.
The daughter seeing changes, nervous about what lies ahead.

Gradually each one’s normal, disappeared from her life.
Each one’s circumstances, days, filled with growing stress, strife.

Each struggled with her changing future, her role.
Each had to re-evaluate what lies ahead, her life’s goal.

How do you accept that all you knew to be is gone, has changed?
How do you accept that your certainty, for uncertainty, you have exchanged?

Rely on Him and His plan for you,
Trust He knows all you will need to do,
Rest in Him, He will see you through,
Know His love is always there for you.

“Indeed God is my salvation.
I will trust Him and not be afraid.
Because Yah, the Lord, is my song.
He has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2 NKJ

Yes, for Mother, no longer the loving care giver day by day.
No longer the trials of life to face coming her way.

For my sister had to become the one, who comforts with a word, a smile
The daughter, who became the one, who faced each day’s tests and trials.

There are no words that can ever truly express, convey,
The feelings of regret and gratitude felt by me every single day.

Regret for not being there, to physically help carry the weight, the heavy load.
Gratitude for the care, the love given with each new challenge that did unfold.

Marnie, you are the truest example of God’s love, His sacrifice for others,
You are a gift from God, to your sisters and your brother.


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Dolores Stohler05/08/08
There are some very good thoughts here. Well done but, perhaps you should finish the poem before adding the Bible quote at the end.
Sara Harricharan 05/08/08
What a precious tribute! I liked how you showed the changes in roles, with one line for the mother and one for the daughter, alternating. It was good! ^_^
Beckie Stewart05/13/08
I was a bit confused, but I am sure it is due to my problem understanding poetry and not your writing. You have a talent that you need to keep working with.