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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)

TITLE: Man Child
By Jason Elliotson


‘Twas in the middle of the night
three score and three ago,
a tender lad to learn this light
would see his hero low.

The boy was up to quench his thirst,
he wandered down the hall;
hearing sobs he feared the worst,
then heard the tearful call:

“O Father ,now I come to you,
I know not what to do,
but you have said, ‘I died and bled;
I’ll get you through this too!’

Weeping wracked the hero’s frame
upon the study floor,
calling on the Father’s name
and asking Him for more.

He saw the young one by the door
and motioned him inside;
he knew the question on his face,
and to it he replied,

“My son, do you remember when
I called you in from play?
You didn’t understand it then
but still came right away.”

“I do,” the lad said quietly,
“I didn’t see him there;
that jungle snake was in the tree
and I was unaware.”

“What lesson did you learn from that?
Now son, what was the rest?”
The young one nodded, “Always trust!
You want for me what’s best.”

His dad, his hero, scooped him up,
“These tears don’t ever dread;
I’ve words to say, before we pray
and fly you back to bed!

“I love you son, and want to bring
you up to be a man;
To be one truly you must learn
to hold the Father’s hand.

“These tears are tears of gratitude
and tears of brokenness.
He’s teaching me to trust in Him;
in this we’re truly blessed.

Trust Him son, do what He says,”
He looked at him and smiled.
“As I learn to be a man
I learn to be a child.”

So many years have come and gone
since I was that young lad;
I’ve raised my own son in that way
that I learned from my dad.

Not long ago, I wakened late
while staying with my son,
I heard him say, “Trust and obey,
this I say of the One.”

He was speaking to his son,
some things I couldn’t tell,
but then I heard as clear as day
some words that I knew well.

“Trust Him son, do what He says,”
I closed my eyes and smiled.
“As you learn to be a man
you’ll learn to be a child.”

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Jennifer Azantian09/10/09
I just have to say I absolutely LOVED the last words. They are really powerful. "As you learn to be a man, you learn to be a child." Brilliant. =)
Brian Haugrud09/12/09
Very nice! Simple, but very real message.
Holly Westefeld09/12/09
I like the reminder to trust God like a child.
The rhythm faltered in a very few places, which may have been haste to submit, but if not, I would be happy to brainstorm possible adjustments, if your review of my own poetry would have you inclined to do so.
I can imagine little greater joy than having the opportunity to observe my children passing on to their children something I got right in parenting.
Holly Westefeld09/17/09
Cool! I am so excited for you!
Lisa Johnson09/17/09
This poem was a wonderful read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations on your first place win for your level.
Charla Diehl 09/17/09
Great work and congratualtions on your first place ranking. I found this poem to be tender, great in the rhyme and meter department, and loved that the father's words of wisdom spanned the generations. Keep up the great work.
Machele Harrison09/17/09
Wow! I guess that answers my question! You're great at poetry! Any tips? I have to get private messenger today...not sure if you emailed me regarding poetry before...I asked you if you wrote any.

Machele--You're great at it!