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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)

TITLE: The Gossip Mill
By Melissa Lindsey
11/21/13


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The gossip in town, I hate
It causes much debate
Everyone has something to say
When they should hold their tongues at bay
Lies! I heard it straight from the horses' mouth

How can they be so vain
Spewing tales of disdain
Causing a stir
Making sure they are heard, but
…I heard it straight from the horses' mouth

They say he's a worthless bum
It hurts my heart to the point it is numb
Under his eyes are bags,
and he walks the street in rags
…appearances are never what they seem

Last week in the eye of a storm
before my opinion could be formed
"Jim" came to check on me

I was literally scared half to death
Preparing to take my last breath
I had just moved to town,
and knew no one around
…clueless about hurricanes

Flooded were my house and my car
I could not see through the blackness of dark
When in burst a man
Flashlight in hand
…Grab my hand! He shouted above the noise

We ran to his old pick-up truck
Which started with backfire and buck
He jammed it in gear
And raced away in great fear
… Just in time to see my house give way

I looked over at Jim in awe
Not believing what I just saw
Why would he risk his own life to save mine?

I must have verbally spoken
For he responded, his voice heavy and broken
I lost my wife to a storm long ago
And in my heart, I have a big hole
…but God, is showing me my calling

You see, my wife died with Christ in her heart
So I have peace even though we are apart
…but others who may die are not ready

So I know that a part of God's plan
Is for me to chase storms to expand
..the knowledge of his love for each of us

He led me to you, not by chance
Nor because of circumstance
…but because He knows that you need Him.

So what will it be my new friend?
Other storms are sure to come again
Will you be ready the next time around?


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Larry Whittington11/23/13
Good story in poem form.

About the poems, I am of the old school of thought. I like to have the same number of lines in each verse. This usually takes a lot of extra editing - more than just editing for a story - and this takes extra time.

I like the rhyming you used. This also takes a lot of word searching and a good ear.

I liked how it taught a lesson we should consider for our own lives.
Camille (C D) Swanson 11/23/13
Aww, this touched my heart. You wrote this straigth from your heart and it will no doubt touch other hearts as well. Good job.

God bless~
Sheldon Bass 11/26/13
I enjoyed this poem. A couple of the rhymes sounded just a little bit forced. I struggle with that also. The message was clear and well written. Good Job.