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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)

TITLE: Soup Kitchens
By Teri Burns
02/17/10


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Coffee, water, juice,
bread, butter,
a scoop of potatoes,
a slice of beef,
salad and veggies.

One after another
they come through.
“I want this.”
“I want that.”
“Can I have more?”

Plates and cups,
forks, spoons, and knives;
A parade of dishes
marches through the washer.

One after another
They come through.
“More coffee.”
“More juice.”
“Oops, I spilled.”

They are young.
They are old.
They are clean.
They are dirty.
They are well.
They are ailing.

One after another
they come through.
“Thank you.”
“God bless you.”
“Take care, now.”

And then it’s the last one:
The last scoop,
The last slice,
The last cup,
The last person.

Time to clean:
wipe down,
mop up.
Push in the chairs.
Close the doors.
Turn off the lights.

Phew!
It’s hard work meeting their needs.
Feet ache.
Shoulders are tense.
Eyes are weepy.

But, oh, what satisfaction!
Oh, the glory given to God!
The hungry are fed.
The thirsty are quenched.
The strangers are welcomed.
The sick are comforted.
All in the soup kitchens around our world.


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Verna Mull 02/18/10
Very nice!
Marie Fink02/18/10
I like the pace of this poem and gives life to how it goes for the volunteer worker on such days, if not everyday.
AnneRene' Capp 02/19/10
Very smooth flow, easy to read and made me thankful for volunteers!