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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: Writing The Eulogy
By Ramona Cook
02/01/14


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We recall images of yesterday
and construct plans for tomorrow;
we relive our successes and our sorrows,
we forecast our tomorrows
upon what has been, reliving our virtues,
recalling our sins. This practice is futile,
please hear what I say,
we write our lives in TODAY.

Concerning this practice Paul
gave excellent advice to all:
"Leaving that which is behind
we press forward,
toward that which is holy
in actions and mind."
We complicate our life
and make a mess of our way
forecasting tomorrows upon
recalled yesterdays: when the
truth is, there is only TODAY.

Yesterday may be somewhere
but it is irretrievable.
Tomorrow cannot be lived,
it is not receivable,
for when today is finished
tomorrow has not arrived;
it is once again TODAY,
it has always been that way,
and every deed we've done is
forever locked in yesterday.
Yesterday indelibly holds our history
refusing to release us, to set us free.

But in all reality there is only TODAY
for you, and only TODAY for me,
and in each moment that we live
we write the life that becomes
our history, and that is a serious
thing to consider because when
the Book ends, and no more days
arrive, we will give to God an
account of how we wrote our lives.

Yesterday and tomorrow
are impossible to control,
but TODAY we may choose
the things that we do.
When today becomes
yesterday, consider, will we then
have written within its history
activities that create for those
who hear and see an
inspiring and comforting eulogy?

More serious also is to contemplate
when before God we stand,
and over the pages of our life
He scans, will He find
that particular moment that we
asked of Jesus our Savior to be?
We are each one writers of our own
History, and the deciders of where
we will live through all eternity;
that part where the Book never ends.


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Norma-Anne Hough02/08/14
Interesting read. Would be ab excellent devotion, as it is filled with Godly advice for all.
Good flow to your writing.
I enjoyed reading this.
Not often we get to write our own Eulogy:)
Larry Whittington02/09/14
Good lesson presented in this story poem.

Even though the lines were of different length, it did not seem to make the reading difficult.

The good direction is a settled belief in Jesus which leads to obedient baptism for the forgiveness of sin so a person receives the gift of the Holy spirit.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/14
I really like this piece. It brought a touch of tears to my eyes. I wasn't sure how you were fitting the topic in at first, then I saw it. What a clever take! I'm picture horse head bookends and love the way you took an interesting play on the words. It was quite clever.
Jim Newton02/12/14
Length of lines make no difference in poetry. We write with license. It is the rhythm, the flow, each word that counts. Moving and instructional. Great job.