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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Example (07/25/13)

TITLE: Karen
By Lisa Hudson
07/30/13


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Karen

I watched as you were always faithful
To God, to family, and friends.
Your children witnessed your unwavering faith
That remained until the end.

We shared our stories and deepest prayers,
My ‘encourager’ is who she was.
Her contagious laugh brought such joy to me,
Back then, and even now, it still does.

We taught Bible study on Sunday nights,
Even when the kids were few.
We taught them songs, played games and such,
I could always depend on you.

No one would know by looking at you,
That you were fighting a battle, and torn.
You never complained, you kept up the fight,
While your defenses, by the cancer, were worn.

Whether a football game or church Sunday morning,
Dear friend, you were always there.
Deserving of prayers, you still put others first,
As you expressed your love and care.

Even after knowing you were losing the fight,
Your joy never lost its’ place.
Your concern was always for your kids and Jeff,
You, to me, were the example of ‘grace’.

When we sat in the hospital for your treatments again,
You still laughed at my jokes, you were tough.
Even when the news wasn’t so good,
Through tears, you said, “That’s enough”!

The words ‘brave’ and ‘hero’ came to my mind,
While on the elevator at days’ end.
A man was fussing about his tiring, long day,
When I looked at my exhausted friend.

She was leaning wearily on her cane;
As he complained, she just gave him a smile.
I thought to myself, “He doesn’t know what long is!”
I humbly stayed silent for a while.

Karen was the kind of lady I always wanted to be.
Nearly a year now, since God called her home.
I still laugh and I cry when I think about her,
She was the kindest person I’ve ever known.


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Virgil Youngblood 08/03/13
I am not qualified to judge poetry, but I think you have written a powerful poem. It was a blessing to me to read it. Thank you for sharing a powerful memory in such an interesting way.
Brenda Rice 08/03/13
Your poem is touching, encouraging and I believe it has an easy flow. Your message comes through clear and of course, you covered the topic well.
CD (Camille) Swanson 08/04/13
This touched my heart. What a lovely tribute to Karen, she sounded like a strong and noble lady. This made me think of my best friend who passed away five years ago, I still miss her, and she too was kind and brave while she fought through her illness.

I'm so sorry for your great and significant loss. Hang on to the memories, as I do...until you meet again to form new ones for all eternity.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/05/13
This is a beautiful tribute to what sounds like a beautiful lady. This is a treasure, a gift God gave to help us keep friends like Karen alive in our hearts until we meet again.