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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: BUT I HAVE WORDS SPINNIN'
By Susan Montaperto
06/14/10


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BUT I HAVE WORDS A SPINNIN’


But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
I have all these animals to care for.
The cats are mewing
The chicks are chirping.
And the big black beastie, as
Lucky the family mutt is known as
Is busily away barking at the birds, the butterflies
And the Link Bus that is cruising on by.

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
Jessica has home school tests to take,
Spelling words to practice
History to read
Science to experiment with
And new math problems to learn and solve

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
The sheets need to be washed and hung to dry
The peas, chard and spinach, rhubarb and strawberries
All are in need of pickin’ and eatin’ or freezin.’
Supper has to made before it’s too late in the evening
.
But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
Jess wants to know are we really goin’ to New York.
Take Lucky for her walk for the house needs cleanin’
Since Grandma is going to visit tomorrow.
Perhaps the Idea will pass along with going to Alabama,
going to Texas And anywhere else under the sun
at the current moment.

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
What should they become?
A story, a poem, a new song
Are they put there to be used to create something
Useful and new and joy to the heart and soul?
When do I find the time to take these spinnings of
Words that seemingly want to tumble around in my head
and compose them into something beautiful and
And brandnew?

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
But what is most important is that --
I need time for my family,
I need time to take care of my home
I need time to take care of all the animals we have taken on
I need time for myself sometime in the course of this day.

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
But most especially I need time to pray
and give thanks for all of the above
and all the blessings He gives to me daily
without me even stopping to ask Him.

But I have words a spinnin’ around in my head.
And maybe just maybe, when I
have sat down and finished all that
That I’ve listed above and prayed and listened
To my Lord’s heart through careful reading
Of His Word and prayer.
Maybe, just maybe--
I’ll learn what to do with all the words,
That keeps spinning around in my head.

Psalm 5 :1-3 (KJV)
“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation,
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God:
for unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning
will I direct my prayer unto thee and look up.”

“O Lord let me learn to be like Mary and not her sister Martha. For Jesus said
Luke 10:41-42 (KJV)

“Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needed: and Mary hath chosen the good part,
Which shall not be taken away from her.”

Thank you dear Lord, Amen.


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Sarah Heywood06/17/10
Oh, I can so relate to your words! I too, struggle with the responsibilities of home and family, but have all these "words spinnin' around in my head." I really like your conclusion, too. Often, for me, it is not until I have prayed about what I am to write, as well as the proper timing to do the writing, that the words come in a peaceable way. Good job!
Colin Swann06/20/10
Extremely creative writing. I found it very interesting as to the route to get one's priorities right. Good advice to follow here for a busy housewife (I'm just a fellow).

Colin
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/10
You definitely described many of the challenges that I face. It was a fun poem to read. I could picture a head with all different words spinning around and bumping into each other.
Virgil Youngblood 06/21/10
On topic about a subject I know well. This was fun to read.
Catrina Bradley 06/21/10
The words to spin, don't they? Nice job on this poem, describing the challenge--and the solution--well.
Carol Slider 06/23/10
Nice poem, and so true--life itself can be a real challenge for a writer. Good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/25/10
Congratulations on placing in the top 6 of your level.