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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Always His Child
By Laurie Glass
11/18/06


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Wedding bells,
bliss,
lives intertwined,
love shared,
new family member formed.

From announcement to arrival,
basinet,
clothes,
diapers…
beaming smiles.
caring looks,
dreams of the future.

Fear and anxiety
extinguished with excitement,
overwhelming joy!
Sharing the anticipation…
as one,
planning,
praying,
preparing!

Soft skin,
sweet smell,
innocent eyes,
tiny fingers and toes,
happy smiles,
heart melting giggles!

Never to be a reality,
no choice in the matter,
not in God’s plan for her life.
Such joy only for the single
and barren woman to observe.

Looked down upon by many
in God’s family…
a half person,
lacking purpose,
unworthy of acceptance.

But not beaten down.
Rather looking to the One
who is what she will never be…
a parent.
Looking to the Father
who leads her,
loves her the same
as all of His children.

Regardless of others’ opinions,
clinging to compassionate Creator,
eyes fixed on her Father,
drinking in divine plan,
seeing herself as He does.
Basking in her Father’s love and devotion,
knowing she’s eternally His.

Listening,
unwavering in resolve
to obey and follow Him.
Rejoicing in singleness,
content without children,
looking forward to the future.

Although she will never be a mom,
she will always be His child.


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william price11/25/06
Wow! Moving. The compassion for the character is only matched for her love of God. Both come accross in powerful honesty,truth and bravery. A statement of faith that unashamably (sp?)wears like a tatoo for all to see. This expression of heart will minister to thousands. Your poem has a life beyond FWs. I hope you share it with the rest of the world. Excellent job.
Joanne Sher 11/27/06
So compelling - you really captured this woman with such perfection and grace. Your final stanza is perfect - and the rest is not far behind!
Ann FitzHenry11/27/06
I have been both of these women in my life. Thanks for helping me remember the experience. Great work!
Beth Muehlhausen11/27/06
By the time I got to "never to be a reality" I was hooked - then you led me down a completely different path! Well crafted and very artfully done, even down to the length of the lines (short in the beginning and longer toward the end). Everything fits beautifully here.

There's a sense of inner strength in the face of harsh reality - something we all need in great measure when life doesn't turn out the way we expect.

This woman is a blessing. :-)

Edy T Johnson 11/28/06
I have to admit the first couple stanzas didn't grab me (same old story of love, marriage, baby carriage?). But, then you took the plunge and pulled me in with you, as I read:
"But not beaten down.
Rather looking to the One
who is what she will never be…
a parent."
This poetry captures the heart of one who experiences others' parenting as a spectator, but is yet not without the comfort found in always being His child. Your creativity shines through this entry!
terri tiffany11/28/06
I hardly ever read poetry but I amm glad I did with this one. Simple elegant words - and hope- are transformed into a depth and then lift up in hope. I like the transistions and the ending:) Good poem for many!!
Donna Haug11/29/06
The transition from "heart melting giggles!" to "Never to be a reality" was a jolt of reality, just as it was for the MC. Powerful.
Birdie Courtright11/30/06
I love how the picture of the 'perfect future' for some, is addressed here as she sees it is not her perfect future--and she embraces who she was created to be. Very nice.
Ann FitzHenry11/30/06
Congratulations on making the top 15 in Advanced. Well deserved recognition for an inspiring piece of work. Great job!
Linda Watson Owen12/28/06
Yes, Laurie, you certainly wove your magic pen in this one too! Beautiful capturing of such contrasing life experiences! and a beautiful capturing of the life of faith in spite of circumstances! This is such a poignant and inspiring poem.