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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Century or Centuries (02/17/11)

TITLE: Not Enough
By Hiram Claudio


A common phrase heard often as we grow
One that references a point in time seemingly afar off
We say, “If I live to be a hundred” and then declare some huge endeavor
Thinking that 100 years should be enough to reach it

We strive all through life to stay a course and adjust where needed
Yet we can fall hard when faced with the idea of not being “enough”
And with the possibility that we won’t ever be enough
That even a century of time would be insufficient to reach our goal

It’s a funny thing, how life can seem steady and stable one moment
Then with one shift, not only is all different and changed
But all truth you knew before seems false now, or at least less true
Simply because someone has told you that YOU are … not enough

We all do what we need to in life, to pay bills, to buy food
We pursue an honest living and try to treat people right
So that in the grand scheme of things, in the final analysis, we can say
That we gave at least as much as we took, if not that we gave more

But to then discover the scales that you believed were balanced
Were, in the opinion of one, woefully tipped to one side
And the chief complaint delivered your way
Is this one idea, that YOU … are not enough

It’s one thing to be told you don’t HAVE enough or haven’t GIVEN enough
As when you arrive at a cashier and are short funds
Or in realizing the goal you were seeking required more effort than you gave
Especially if you had more effort to give

But in all these, the issue is still that you do not HAVE enough
It is the measure of some external value for which you are short
In these, you can work harder to acquire more
You can try again and extend yourself further – to give more

Yet when the issue is not that you don’t HAVE enough
But that you AREN’T enough, where can you go from there?
How can one be more than … what they are?
How can you be someone else and still be … you?

And when the source of that charge, the one declaring your internal lack
Is the one to whom you have pledged your life, your heart, your soul
When this is the one from whom you receive this measure of your being
What do you do? Where to turn?

It’s true that the sting of infidelity devastates and the pain of deceit destroys
But deeper than both I find is the torture of having one’s basic self found wanting
To discover that to the one to whom you’ve given all, that YOU are,
Sadly to them, you ARE … not enough

And yet, one goes on and life must continue
For the assessment and measure of one’s true worth
Can never the sole ownership of anyone regardless of how vital that person is
But yet … your gait still lessens, steps becomes more timid, energy is taken away

All because on the equity scales of one special, yet perhaps misguided, soul
To them, it is not that you are not good enough, kind enough, or caring enough
For them, as they review their desires for their remaining years, they state
That YOU are simply … not enough

Thankfully, in the Divine Presence we are reminded that all fall short
That before His throne no one is enough
And that in His presence – His love and power restores hope deep within
So whether to anyone else YOU are ever enough, He remind us …

He is MORE than enough … and even if you live to be 100, that will always be true

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Jennifer Hill02/24/11
Thank you for pointing out that God is enough. We should always try to remember, we are formed in God's image, He knews us before we were born. He while we were yet sinners gave His precious Son for our sins. He is the only one we should ever seek approval from. He is the one in whom we find our worth in. We are treasured by Him perfectly. He has always loved each of us and longs to be in a true relationship with us. We are his beloved.
Allison Egley 02/24/11
I was hoping this would end well, and it did!

This is TOTALLY personal opinion, but I think this might have been more effective if you had condensed it a bit. Long poems can be hard to read and comprehend at times. But then, in general, I'm not a big poetry person, so it may just be me. :)

I loved this over all, though! Keep writing!
Bonnie Bowden 02/25/11
It is so true that what ever we do on our own will never be enough. It is so wonderful that we can tap into the power of Christ.
Beth LaBuff 02/25/11
This is so very well thought through. Your message fills the reader with hope and brings a smile.
Edmond Ng 02/28/11
A well expressed piece with a very clear and important message. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.