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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Martha Mom
By sarah rauch
02/26/08


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A Martha, I'm rushing
one day to the next
I sing while I drive and
I drive while I text

I eyeline at redlights
and gloss at give way
I lipstick at stop signs -
this starts my day...

I eat while I'm walking,
I talk while I write
I nod and I'm laughing
but time is so tight

I rush to the checkout
I run down the block
The minutes are running
straight off the clock

I pick up my children
with moments to spare
I buckle them in while
kissing their hair

And off to gymnastics,
the pools or to dance
each moment is pressured,
with none left to chance...

You spoke to me today,
as I glanced at your Word
while I turned my alarm off -
second time....or third

“Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord”

Woah. When do I have time to gaze?

Sure Lord, I trust You,
I mutter a prayer
as I shuffle my family
from there over here

I guess with all priority
You oughta be
....Scheduled in.

Sorry.

How about we spend some time together? Now?


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Jacquelyn Horne02/29/08
Yes, we are all too busy to schedule the Lord if we're not careful.
Tim Pickl02/29/08
Excellent poetry, meter and rhyming! It reminds me of a scripture in Revelation: Remember your first love...
God bless you.
Joanne Sher 03/01/08
The rhythm of this is just like the pace you are describing - very well done that way. An excellent message for us all.
Jan Ackerson 03/01/08
I LOVE the breaks in meter toward the end, which force the reader to slow down and GET it. Perfect.
c clemons03/02/08
Nice job.
Andrea Hargrove03/03/08
Not everyone might understand the reference to Martha, if you ever intend to show this story around, especially to a non-Christian audience. However, the poem itself is quite realistic and well-written. Good job! :)
Sheri Gordon03/06/08
Congratulations on your highly commended. Love the meter of the poem--and you were spot on for the topic.