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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: Run Jonny, Run!
By Brian Haugrud
01/28/10


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When I grew up the rules were tight.
Religiously, things should be right.
There was no room to veer off track.
It left a chance to get a smack.

Then at eighteen I saw a show.
With an older sibling I would go.
The show we saw had grizzly bears.
With giant claws and taunting stares.

In the woods and around the park,
They tore up people in the dark.
Limbs would fly and heads would roll.
The breath of life they easily stole.

Still months later Id run so fast.
When in the dark the shadows cast.
The grrr of bears would fill my mind.
This was fear of the darkest kind.

It took some years for fear to leave.
When close to Jesus I would cleave.
One thing a child learns from the start.
Is guard what goes into your heart.

Now maybe rules went overboard.
But for the glory of the Lord.
To just protect a young mans soul,
Was why they held such tight control.

I now dont run when light is dim
Through those trees in a scary whim.
I watch what enters through my eyes.
And not look at the devils lies.

Ive never missed those grrr-e times.
But write my memory down in rhymes.
So others who just want some fun.
Wont have to feel the need to run.


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Verna Mull02/04/10
This was a very cute poem, and a great use of the challenge word. Good job
Dan Blankenship 02/04/10
Very nice work. I think it should have been devil's lies, but no big deal...this is a solid entry and a fun read.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/05/10
A very charming poem.
stanley Bednarz 02/05/10
Im a sucker for bear stories, and I loved the way you tied it in with the spiritual side.
Ruth Brown 02/07/10
Good title. I liked your poem.
I don't think I have that gift,but you do! Blessings
Amanda Brogan02/08/10
It's so important to protect children from nasty images when they are young and impressionable! And it's equally important for us to protect our own eyes from the yucky things of this world and the devil's lies. Wonderful poem! Solid truth.
Sarah Elisabeth 02/11/10
Hey Brian, congrats on placing 14th in Level 1 with your entry! You are among some great writers, so good job! If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Highest Rankings posted on the forums:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28720