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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: rain (10/17/05)

TITLE: The Storm
By Paul Potenza
10/18/05


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THE STORM

A drop or to is all it takes to cause some people mayhem...
But more than that arrived ashore last Tuesday in the A.M.
It stayed right here for several days...It didnít want to go...
Our only consolation was...
At least it wasnít snow.

The days were dreary, dark and grey...the weather fed our mood...
We argued over silly things...We almost came unglued.
We shouted at each other over things that just donít rate...
Like kindergarten recess...
or congressional debate.

One night Iíd taken all I could, and she was sound asleep...
I went into my closet for some sandals for my feet...
I quietly slipped out of my clothes and put my swim trunks on.
And then I went out my back door...
and sat down on my lawn.

The trees were swaying back and forth at frightening degrees...
The wind was blowing mightily, I thought that I would freeze.
No clothing to protect me, I was pelted by the rain...
And then a reassuring thought...
suggested this refrain...

I SEE THE STARS...I HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER...
THY POWER THROUGHOUT
THE UNIVERSE DISPLAYED...

I felt at peace, my anger melted, quickly I was warmed...
Raindrops splashed upon my face..the remnants of the storm...
The next day when the sun came out, and grass grew high and green...
I thanked my God for sending me...
the gentle Nazarene.


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Jan Ackerson 10/24/05
This poem is awesome on many levels--great rhyme, great meter, great message--but I especially have to commend you for rhyming "mayhem" with "a.m." Bravo!
Mary Alice Bowles10/25/05
Wonderful and refreshing Poetry. Keep up the Good work. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie Sickler10/25/05
I really enjoyed this poem. One little mix up at the beginning - to for two, but no biggie. Great job!
D. Phenes10/26/05
wow your a beginner.. Great poem thanks for sharing
Nina Phillips10/27/05
I agree, bravo!!! Good rhythem, and meter and poem altogether. However one thing, too many "...'s" which I think were not warrented. Nice work!
God bless ya, littlelight
dub W10/29/05
"two" - can't believe this poem is in beginners. Nice job.
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/30/05
That was great!! I loved the rythmn and message!
Brandi Roberts10/30/05
Very cute! I enjoyed this!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/15/06
Congratulations on your Third Place Win. Awesome! And to think you write poetry too! Well done, and a great job of saying to God "How Great Thou Art"...I keep wondering how a Marine, ANY Marine, can write such sensitive stuff...Kudos, my friend, Kudos!!