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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)

TITLE: The Glitter And The Glory
By Brian Haugrud
11/05/08


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Itís that time of year for Christmas lights with all the bulbs and wires.
I bring out strings from years long past, which are sure to cause some fires.
I cannot throw them all away, for Iím convinced that they will work.
If Iíd just learn to start afresh, I wouldnít feel like such a jerk.

Without fail, I put them up; with confidence and hope.
But rest assured, with hours past, I can no longer cope.
I buy the new ones anyway, just to see the latest glitter.
Then my wife will smile again, and I will not feel bitter.

This year we hope to buy the box, which makes them dance to music.
I fear the neighbors might complain, and say it makes them so sick.
We then will feel like weíve been festive, as we walk the neighborhood.
The Christmas spirits in the air, and we all say, ďLife is good.Ē

Itís easy to put on this show, with some work and a little money.
And think that lights are where itís at; something like the ďEaster Bunny.Ē
But we know that there is so much more, to this old time Christmas story.
Itís the reason that we celebrate, and to God we give the glory.

For without the Savior and His birthday, there would be no Christmas lights.
The darkened world that we live in, wouldnít have no Holy nights.
There would be no cause to light the tree, or the roof and window sill.
And we could never be set free, of our sin which leaves us ill.

Do you have hope at Christmas time, as you put those lights on high?
Does the future look so bright, when from this earth youíll die?
Is it just something that you do, at the end of every year?
But deep inside, something is missing, and you live a life of fear.

We have a Christmas light thatís lit, and it never will go out.
Itís the reason for my joy inside; itís what itís all about.
That smile I wear upon my face, when the world around is ailing.
Should show to all, Gods saving grace, and that Heís never failing.

So this year as we string our lights and all the bulbs are glowing.
May we not forget to keep out trust, in the One who is ďAll knowing.Ē
May we extend to all the beckon call, of the familiar sacred story.
And put a smile on each ones face, as we share ďThe Glitter And The Glory.Ē


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Helen Paynter11/10/08
Good poem - you've got a pretty good meter here, although in places the rhythm gets a bit bumpy (you might like to drop into Jan's Masterclass on meter at the Message Boards)
Loved the last line!
Yvonne Blake 11/12/08
A poem! I love your title. You did well on your rhyme, but the rhythm is off. Try to make the lines have the same number of syllables or beats. You may want to try other patterns of rhyming sometime to for variation.
This has a beautiful message.
Janice Fitzpatrick11/12/08
This is beautiful. yes, I agree the rhyming is wonderful, just a little tweaking on the rhthym and you have a superb poem. I love the message and want to see more of your work. Keep it up!!!