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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Doctor/Nurse (11/02/06)

TITLE: Listen Closely
By Jan Ross


Listen closely, hear my heart
I’ve seen it with my eyes
Kenya’s people, old and young
All logic it defies

Finding words is difficult
With tears I share their plight
Hopeless, poor, and destitute
Lord, help me while I write

Starving children, dying kids
With parents weak and lame
Graves encircle villages
Yet no one takes the blame

We found doctors who agreed
To volunteer their skills
Charging us for just the cost
Of medicines and pills

Dates were set and advertised
By word of mouth to all
People came from all around
By bus, on foot—some crawled

Not a few had oozing sores
Some food could not digest
Little babies listlessly
Lay on their mother’s breast

Children’s swollen bellies and
Their thin limbs, oh so frail
Left alone, no one to care
No strength to even wail

One by one in single file
The nurses checked them all
“Fevers here! This tent, the lame!
With running sores, the hall!”

“Moms with children line up here
And those with child go there!”
Workers holding back their tears
Provided loving care

Tirelessly physicians sat
In rooms lined up with chairs
One by one with skillful hands
Examined each with care

Soothing children’s fearful hearts
And drying mother’s tears
Wrapping wounds with bandages
And checking babies’ ears

Doctors, nurses, volunteers
Along with fervent prayer
Touched the lives of all who came
They more than did their share

Still remains a task undone
To show Christ’s love unbound
Sadness grips the Kenyans’ hearts
While hopelessness resounds

Sickness and disease wide spread
Demand from us response
Instead too many who can help
React with nonchalance

Listen closely, hear my heart
The work’s not just for few
If you ask you’ll find that there
Is something you can do

Stop right now and pray for them…
“Oh Lord, I make this plea
Doctors, nurses, medicines
Are needed desperately”

“Give physicians courage, Lord
To show their servant’s heart
Reaching out to heal the sick
Through them Your love impart”

“And through me a difference make
Please show me Your desire
Money, time, or prayer, dear Lord,
There’ll be no honor higher”

Listen to the heart of God
And heed the Spirit’s plea
Kenya needs to hear you say
“I’m willing, Lord, use me!”

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cindy yarger11/10/06
Wonderful is a hard word to use here because of the content, yet it was..."listen closely, hear my heart" your heart was in it from start to finish.
Jesus Puppy 11/11/06
A heart-felt witness of a missionary. Beautiful words, even in their sorrow. Good job.
Jan Ackerson 11/12/06
You'd better be careful, or you'll get a reputation--as one of FaithWriters best poets! This is great--a beautifully written heart cry.
Pat Guy 11/12/06
I loved your Authors note - I wish I had thought of it!

Yes! A wonderfully written plea of reality. Great, great job!
Betty Castleberry11/12/06
This is SO good. The rhyme pattern is near perfect, and I love the sentiment throughout. Well done.
Joanne Sher 11/13/06
What an amazingly convicting piece! Wonderful rhyme and meter, fabulous word choices, and a message we all need to hear!
Monique Fox11/13/06
Please post more of your poems at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/
Stephen Paynter11/13/06
I started reading this one aloud, as I sometimes do with poetry, as I am not very good at determining meter and things. Therefore, I was led from reading poetry into challenging myself, and then praying, and committing myself to action. Sneaky! (In the best possible way, of course!) Good writing - even better, a spiritual tool in building the Kingdom. Could you want a better accolade ... ?
Linda Watson Owen11/14/06
Powerful, powerful, powerful!! Thrills my soul! Wonderful work of art and heart!
Donna Powers 11/15/06
A wonderful poem, and a very real need expressed very well. Thanks for sharing this!
Trina Courtenay11/15/06
I'm with Jan - One of Faithwriters Best Poets! As always your entry has been a blessing for me to read.
Suzanne R11/16/06
Powerful indeed! I hope this gets used way beyond FW too ... it has a strong message.
Sara Harricharan 11/16/06
Beautiful, beautiful and yes, beautiful! This was a wonderful poem and I truly enjoyed reading it. Congrats on a great entry, and your first place :)
david grant11/16/06
Yes. Well well deserved first place. There is eternity in this poem because you have echoed the heart of God.
Beth Muehlhausen11/16/06
Lovely, deep, loving and tender...challenging...so much to digest!

Good poetry, word choice, flow.

Thanks be to God for inspiring your heart w/ this message.

Anthony Tophoney11/16/06
Wow! You really put your heart into this one. Really makes me appreciate my blessings so much more. Great job. A well deserved win!
Venice Kichura11/18/06
WOW! Jan, I can see how you won! This is an excellent poem! A deserved (although belated) congrats!