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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Melody (08/24/06)

TITLE: My All-Time Favorite Melody
By Venice Kichura


I’ve banked a stack of melodies
Since I was just a child.
The special tunes of years gone by
I’ve neatly stored and filed.

At five I learned my ABCs
To my first preschool song,
And to this day I sing the words
So I won’t sort books wrong.

I bopped to Dick Clark’s rock ‘n roll
As Elvis stole the scene
And sang about his “Blue Suede Shoes”
Before I was a teen.

The year may be two thousand, six,
But hum in unison
Of Bobby Vinton’s “Rubber Ball”---
It’s 1961.

I never will forget the day
Way back in ’63---
A red transistor radio
My father gave to me.

I listened to the top ten tunes
And hummed their melodies.
As Chubbie sang “Let’s Twist Again”,
I danced through the 60s.

My English teacher, I adored---
His name was Mr. Lee.
I sang “My Girl” through ’65,
Dreamed his heart beat for me.

In ’68 I left high school,
My crushes were now through.
A college boyfriend sang to me---
“This Guy’s in Love with You.”

Then followed other charming beaus,
Each had a special song.
But still I had not met my mate
‘Til Edward came along.

We said our vows and pledged our love
Some thirty years ago.
The top band of the day back then
Was known as Chicago.

But sadly as the years went by
I found to my dismay
The songs that made the top ten charts
Did not have much to say.

Don’t ask me what was “number one”
In 1992.
I do not know one melody
Or even have a clue.

For now I’m drawn to Gospel hymns
As I’ve grown old and gray
For they alone appease my soul
And give hope for our day.

The melody that has endured
Through 57 years
Is one I’ll sing until I die,
It comforts, soothes my fears.

I sang it as a little child,
And now I sing it more.
It’s “Jesus Loves Me”---This I know
It’s Him that I adore.

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Dawn Dale08/31/06
it's not really a melody unless it "rings true" for you and me...thanks for this poem
Allison Egley 08/31/06
I really liked this. I hope the old hymns never die!
Nancy LaGree09/01/06
This is great! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It made me smile!
Beth Muehlhausen09/01/06
Wow, been there with all those oldies...you took me down memory lane...and the powerful impact of hymns, too. In recent years the contemporary worship songs have added some deeply moving melodies to my collection! This was a fun read!
Bonnie Derksen09/01/06
"Jesus loves me" has become a battle song for me. As I face the temptation to give in to discouragement my Father has lifted my chin and said "Sing". Powerful melodies for the breaking of strongholds! Thanks for your writing.
Brenda Craig09/05/06
You made me smile too. This is great. God's melodies given to us are timeless and true. Well done!
Debbie Sickler09/05/06
Oh wow. Loved this one. :)
Jan Ackerson 09/05/06
What a charming poem! I remember those oldies, too!
Joanne Sher 09/05/06
What a fun piece! I just smiled all the way through! And, of course, I adored the end. Great job!!
Shari Armstrong 09/05/06
A wonderful trip down a musical memory lane.
Lynda Lee Schab 09/06/06
What a delightful and fun poem this was! A couple stanzas didn't flow perfectly but who cares? Very well done - left me with a smile.
Jan Ross09/07/06
Sounds like you read my diary! Awesome! I remember my first transistor radio, too, listening to the top ten hits in the mid 60's. Anyway, this is great! You packed a whole lifetime of "melody" into one! Great work! :)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/07/06
This poem brought back those good ole' years, and gave me a smile. Thanks for that wonderful trip down memory lane when songs had meaningful words. A little off on meter and rhyme, but I still enjoyed thoughts. Nice job.
Suzanne R09/07/06
I sing the ABC song to put things in alphabetical order too!

I take your point about the beautiful old gospel songs, but there are some magnificent modern gospel songs too. Anyhow, that's just being nit-picky, and only my personal opinion.

I hope you share this with your family ... perhaps in a Christmas letter or something? It's great!
Monique Fox11/13/06
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