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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Love Colored Blue
By Angie Thurston


Johnny ran into the house
Threw his backpack on the floor,
He said, “I colored Dad a picture
Can we hang it on the door?

If you’ll put it there with all the others
Then maybe he will see,
I colored him a picture
Look, To Daddy from Me!”

Momma hung the picture
As Johnny asked her to,
But starred at it blankly
The paper was all blue.

He was quite the little artist
There were papers all around,
But this blue one seems out of place
“I think I’ll take it down.”

As if he read her mind
Johnny softly said,
“You have to leave it there Mom
I made it just for Dad.”

“It is a lovely picture, dear”
Momma said with a smile,
“But shouldn’t Daddy’s picture
Be this dancing crocodile?

He would really like this one”
She was trying to be kind,
But no matter how she tried
She couldn’t change his mind.

She heard the front door open
And a familiar, “I’m home”,
She asked Johnny to go upstairs
So they could be alone.

She said, “Honey, hanging on the fridge
Is something Johnny drew,
He says it’s very special
But the paper is just blue.”

He didn’t draw a picture
No animals, toys or trees,
He just colored the paper blue
And wrote, To Daddy from Me.”

He sat down slowly in the chair
He could not believe his eyes,
“Love colored blue” he whispered
And then began to cry.

He told his wife the story
He’d told Johnny the night before,
As she began to see it
Her heart began to soar.

He said, “When I was Johnny’s age
My mother said to me,
Look up into the sky dear
And tell me what you see.”

I described to her in great detail
All that I could see,
I remember her responses
She was so proud of me.

She smiled sweetly at me
“These things you see are true,
But there is something more to see
Love colored Blue.”

She pointed to the sky and said
“God loves me and you,
And He left us a reminder
The sky colored blue.

Every time you look
Into the skies above,
Look beyond the things you see
And see a Father’s love.”

She softly slipped away that night
But left me with the sky,
To everyday remind me
Real love never dies.

This gift that Johnny gives me
This paper colored blue,
Is a small boys understanding of
Love colored Blue.

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Niki Tschirgi01/25/07
What a sweet and endearing poem. A couple of typo's but otherwise a nice, easy read with neat message.
Julie Arduini01/25/07
I have tears in my eyes. A very sweet read.
Jan Ackerson 01/26/07
Very sweet story in rhyme!

Work a bit on meter and small punctuation errors--but you've definitely got a poet's heart. This is charming.
Betty Castleberry01/26/07
Aww, this is so sweet. The meter needs a little tweaking, but it's nothing major. This conveyed a very nice message. Good work.
Erin Brannan02/01/07
This was excellent. Writing a story within a poem can be so difficult, but this was so well done and touching. It made me cry. I loved it!
Sara Harricharan 02/01/07
This is beautiful! Congrats on an excellent piece!
Deborah Porter 02/02/07
Hi Angie.

I have some good news for you. You didn't actually receive a highly commended award for this entry--you were actually awarded

3rd Place

in Level 2.

There was a slight mistake made by me when I prepared the list of winners for FaithWriters. You were on the list, but the url for your entry was wrong, and it threw the system out. Whoops.

Silly mistake, but fairly easy to fix. So FaithWriters will be changing the list as soon as possible, and you'll soon have a 3rd place award on your entry.

Sorry about the mix up.

Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)