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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Who's Your "Cousin"
By Brian Haugrud
05/22/08


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The family that I grew up in is very large in size.
It consists of many members but has made me realize.
That it isn’t in the numbers that of a family make.
It’s more in the relationships that put frosting on the cake.

I have so many cousins but they seldom will I see.
Because of distance and connections it does not seem to be.
Most hardly know each other and can barely call by name,
If we had this great reunion it would be a naming game.

But when the pictures bigger this family will expand.
It will cover generations; tens of thousands now can stand.
If we go back to the beginning where God made it all to start.
We will find the great Creator gave us life breathed from His heart.

For we all are now related from the beginning of all time.
This gives me cause to pause and think at the writing of this rhyme.
For most the thought is smaller; it’s just their immediately family.
It’s just their close relations; that is all they want to see.

But when God observes us does He see so many clans?
Does He say you are not one of those who were created by His hand?
Does He call us by our last name, and then put us in our place?
Our does He say “I Love You” and extends to all His grace?

Let us ponder this so carefully as we section off in groups.
Let us think about all others as we jump through family hoops.
For if we have this mindset the world looks very small.
And then everyone will be family; maybe we should include them all?

So, do I have a cousin? This question is in the air.
Aren’t we all related? Please answer if you dare.
I’m thankful for a Father who is the Lord of man.
And provides us with some comfort from this dry and thirsty land.

To sum it up I have to say I have cousins near and far.
I can see so many most every day as I travel on this tar.
The question that I have for you when you think of your next of kin.
Is will you take a look around to see “really”?
“WHO’S YOUR COUSIN”?


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Sara Harricharan 05/29/08
This is very interesting! The 'flow' was interrupted a tad bit in the beginning, but I liked this new twist on "Cousin" good job! ^_^
Marlene Austin05/29/08
Very unique and perceptive. Poetry fit your main idea well. Nice job. :)
Helen Dowd 06/04/08
Does He call us by our last name, and then put us in our place?
Our does He say “I Love You” and extends to all His grace?
...I like that! Very unique. It is hard to fit the rhythm in sometimes, but you did well to try. Practice makes perfect. And this piece was very original...Good for you...Helen