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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Billboard/Poster/Sign (any or all) (12/02/10)

TITLE: A Humble Sign for Christmastime
By Lynn Moses
12/07/10


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Christmastime,
So sublime.

It used to be,
We remembered Thee.

Times have changed,
What a shame.

Now it seems,
We must have things,

To make us happy,
Instead, we’re crabby.

Time to shop
Until we drop.

Much to do,
So little time too.

Neon flashing,
People dashing.

Signs say “Buy”
I want to cry.

Billboards fling,
All that bling.

Gifts are nice,
But at what price?

Do we need
All that greed?

Don’t have money?
Charge it, Honey.

China made,
The price gets paid.

“Junk you say?
Please go away.”

It’s all I found,
It’s the thought that counts.

“Merry Christmas” gone,
“Happy Holidays” we don

There must be
I say to me,

Another reason
For the Season.

From nearby shops
I see the top

Of a church.
I begin my search.

I draw near
And I hear,

Silent Night
Holy Night

Quickly now
I don’t know how,

I reach the church
I end my search.

The Church did place,
A sign of Grace,

In the glass,
For all who pass.

Nothing loud
Small, but proud.

A humble sign
For Christmastime

The poster shouts,
“How about…
You listen to
The story that was meant for you.

No worldly version,
Or perversion.”

A special view
Of what’s really true.

All around,
Come hear the sounds.

The Church is lit,
Come in and sit.

Hear the story,
See the Glory.”

I find my seat,
A safe retreat.

From all that shopping,
That kept me hopping.

“Remember Me?”
I hear the plea.

“Yes I do.
I remember you.

Jesus born
On Christmas morn.

You came to die
So that I

Will see
Eternity.

The gift you brought
Can’t be bought.

Thank you for reminding me.
Christmas is meant spend with Thee.”


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Judie Stone12/09/10
LOVED IT! Great poetry with an incredible message. Keep up the good work.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/11/10
His is a beautiful message and a reminder that I really needed right at this particular minute. It's amazing how God knew I would need to read this right now so He prompted you to write and me to read. God is good. Thank you for listening to his voice.
diana kay12/12/10
i like it the signs and adverts and posters in the shops go even more overboard and christmas and "the reason for the season" gets so easily lost amongst the hype! i like the simple rhyming style and the way you go from the secular to the sacred. well crafted
Patsy Hallum12/14/10
Very Good poem. Thank You for reminding all of the reason for the season in such a cute way!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/16/10
Congratulations on your third place win in level 1!
diana kay12/17/10
always good too see poetry among the winners :-) well done!!
Lisa Fowler12/18/10
Congratulations Lynn, on your placing! Well deserved for an enjoyable entry. (Sorry that this is "after the fact." I'm slower than usual this time of year.)