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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Joy
By Jessica Campbell
04/30/07


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To be happy at home is the ultimate aim of all ambition.
-Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British writer and author of the first English dictionary.

Joy, I shouted, but it did not come,
Joy, I whispered, but it did not hear,
Joy, I said, but it can't be found.
O where joy did I last put you,
O where joy did I hide you,
O when joy will I find you,
O Lord, please give me joy.
As gentle as a breeze,
The Lord then said to me.
Your joy had left,
when you pursued your career,
Your joy did leave,
when you stopped serving your husband,
Your joy is gone,
because you stopped caring for your children,
Your joy is waiting, when you come back home.
With tears in my eyes, I began to wept,
I wondered how this feminist view,
had gotten a hold of me.
O Lord, I cried, make a way to escape,
and I will return to my home,
Where Joy does await!


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Brenda Blakely 05/06/07
And He makes my joy complete. Thanks for helping me remember where I lose my joy. Simple truth told poetically. Thanks for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 05/07/07
I really liked the repetition in the first several lines--very poetic.

Quick edit: I began to weep.

I hope you were able to reclaim your joy!
Myrna Noyes05/07/07
Very interesting, poetic piece! It reminds me to hold on to my joy, to cherish it, to share it! :)
Benjamin Graber05/08/07
I like this. I think it is repetitive in a good way, which is rare... Keep up the good work!