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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: The Old Woman
By Vickie Buchanan
07/08/09


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The Old Woman


There was an old woman
Who was all in a stew.
She once had a houseful;
Now there’s just two.

The morning’s too long
There’s just one bed to make
They’re watching their weight
So no cookies to bake.

Can’t cook for just two
So the fridge is too crammed
with leftover lasagna
and baked beans and ham.

The house is too clean
and too quiet, too.
Not long ago
she’d called it “a zoo”.

Now she sits with a book
He has the TV
They look at old albums
of what used to be.

They’ve planted a garden,
signed up at a gym,
joined AARP,
taken trips, on a whim.

And still something’s missing.
They think they know what.
They miss all the hub-bub
their big family brought.

But bright days are coming!
They just got a call.
The grandkids will visit.
Life is good after all.


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BAYO OMOYIOLA, JR07/09/09

Nice story. Good ...
Lisa Harris07/09/09
A fun poem that flowed great and had such truth to it! Made me grin :)
Sherrie Coronas07/09/09
Wow...nicely put.
Mildred Sheldon07/10/09
I enjoyed this poem very much. Nicely written.
Debbie Roome 07/10/09
A lot of truth tied up in a fun package.
Mary McLeary07/10/09
This just "speaks" as a good piece should. Great job.
Cindy White07/10/09
I love this! It sounds just like my parents ;o) Very fun and pleasant to read.
Dee Yoder 07/11/09
Perfect! Love this poem and it's light-hearted, yet bittersweet look at life. That last line says it all!
Allen Stark07/12/09
Very well written-tight and to the point. Wished I had grandchildren close enough I could write poetry about.
Norma-Anne Hough 07/13/09
Lovely take on the old woman who lived in a shoe. Took me way back to my youth:)
Deborah Porter 07/18/09
Hi Vickie. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, The Old Woman, actually did very well in the Twilight Years Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 2, placing 12th in that Level.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26236

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August. It’s going to be an amazing time of inspiration, information and encouragement. (If I’ve already mentioned that to you, forgive me. We’re just so excited about letting members know about this great gathering.)
http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)