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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Search Engine (10/06/11)

TITLE: Yahoo God
By Catherine Maher
10/18/11


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YAHOO GOD

I searched high and low for my friend from childhood
Didnít know how to find her, didnít know if I could

It was sixty-six the last time we met
Parting that day, I still canít forget

We were close as two could be
Plotting and planning a life full of glee

One wanted family, the other career
One moved far, the other stayed near

It was seventy-six and families were growing
Meeting each other coming and going

Thoughts of our friendship took a seat in the back
Consumed with kids and husband, keeping them all on track

Eighty-six brought graduations, wedding bells and babies birth
Everyone was busy and happy, living life for all itís worth

For me to be called Grandma by smiles on sweet faces
Was truly a blessing filled with His graces

Then came nineteen ninety-six, nothing would be the same
For it brought betrayal and divorce, changing everything, including my name

I took back the name of my childhood, it remained pure and true
With it erupted many a memory, sweet ones of me and you

Are you still married, are you happy, I pray
So many questions and so much to say

Do you have children, did they have a baby
Could my kids meet your kids, I was wondering, just maybe

If I can find you somehow some way
What would you look like, what would you say

Would you give me a hug like my memory of old
Would I sense you are open or would you be cold

Thirty years is a long time, a lot has changed no doubt
When I find you, will I know you, will my heart's desire win out

To be reunited hand in hand, eye to eye and heart to heart
That is what I always wanted, so let the searching start

In the year twenty o six I found Yahoo, Google and Bing
You should have seen the sites I visited and heard those engines sing

Searching records, sorting dates
Watching and hoping, I could hardly wait

I posted my message, then two, three and four
I was getting closer, of that I was sure

With no more to do but to pray and to wait
I knelt down before Him, our God who's so great


I surrendered my searching and gave Him my heart
As my strength was ending, His could now start

She searched with yahoo, I searched with bing
It was when God searched that made our hearts sing

The Lord who sees all would search to and fro
No corner of darkness his light would not go

He seeks north to south, He saves east to west
Talk about your search engine, Jesus is the best

He found her! He found her! I scarcely believed it
Recalling my prayer, by faith I received it

She showed up on facebook, asked to be my friend
One click of a button the searching would end

As if back in childhood in memories we shared
It was very evident we both really cared

The first time we met was two thousand eleven
Reunion at school like a small taste of heaven

She traveled far while I was still near
To see one another we both held so dear

The bond had not broken,the love not diminished
We spoke simultaneously, ďOur lives are not finishedĒ

Any sadness was gone, brightness was shining
Gray clouds departed, leaving only their lining

Silver and gold, gifts from above
Tears of rejoicing, tokens of love

He found each of us saved by His grace
We found each other in Him in this place

A reunion of hearts and revealing of souls
Going forward with plans to fulfill all our goals


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CD Swanson 10/22/11
This was a truly a touching poem that pulled on my heart strings. Nicely put together, flowed well-and helf my interest throughout. I was praying they would connect, and couldn't wait to see if they did.

This was completely on topic and beautifully written and stirred my emotions. Well-done! Thank you. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/23/11
This was really lovely and I enjoyed your journey through life. You did a great job making it on topic. I knew where you were headed before you even mentioned search engines. However I think you went overboard trying to make sure it was on topic. You mentioned search way too often. I think one verse about Bing or Yahoo would have been more powerful. You did a great job with the message. As for crafting, I'mnot an expert at poetry but I did spot a few things like babies birth should have been baby's birth or babies' births. Some of the rhymes felt a little forced. You also used search or a version of it several times. Your start and finish was great. Yon hooked me right away and held my interest throughout. This was a very enjoyable read.
Beth LaBuff 10/24/11
Your story was very compelling. I was so hoping for that outcome concerning your friend. What a reunion that must have been.
djvenzke Venzke 10/25/11
I enjoyed this too. I appreciate the considerable effort you extended and the story you successfully told.
Jody Day 10/27/11
You nailed the topic and told a beautiful story, with a definite beginning, middle, and end. It is difficult to be consistent with meter in a poem of this length, but it flowed nicely. Touching, engaging, beautiful...nice job!
Jennifer Hill10/27/11
I love the part when you give up your seraching to God. Psalm 37:4 comes to mind. My favorite part is when it shares how God seeks North to South and saves East to West. God covers everyone and everything when we give whatever it is up to Him. Thank you for sharing this!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/05/11
Congratulations for ranking 15th in level one!
Colin Swann11/06/11
Congratulations! Well done!