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

TITLE: I Never Knew
By Anita Neuman
11/23/06


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I never knew how much it cost
In health and mental strife
To birth some children, raise them,
And prepare them well for life

I never knew the sleeplessness
Would stretch from night to night,
Which then turns into weeks and months
With no relief in sight

I never knew my heart could break
To hear a toddler cry
When only for an hour or two,
I’d have to say “bye-bye”

I never knew such mental loss
At trying to contend
With someone who is two feet tall
And thinks the rules should bend

I never knew engulfing fear
Could stop me in my tracks
Until my child played “hide and seek”
‘Midst WalMart’s clothing racks

I never knew the work required
For birthday bash success
The invitations, food and games,
The treat bags and the mess!

I never knew what fortitude
My stomach would entail
When junior’s lunch resurfaced
And completely missed the pail

I never knew such depth of ire
Could make me act so wild
Until some ill-bred, heartless kid
Presumed to scare my child

I never knew the lack of rest
Vacation times would make,
And how all leisure disappears
When families take a “break”

I never knew such boundless joy
Could flood my very soul
Until my children turned from sin
And let God make them whole

But now I know, for I have done
What scores have done before.
And now I know to thank my mom
Each day forevermore.


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Louise Fountain11/24/06
Very nice. You made me think of my mother and my child.
Marilyn Schnepp 11/25/06
Perfect.
Joanne Sher 11/26/06
I love every one of these stanzas, and you had a PERFECT ending. Definitely made me think of the legacy I am leaving my little ones! Wonderful writing!
Jan Ackerson 11/26/06
Oh, I love this poem! Every stanza more perfect than the one before.
Dawn Dale11/27/06
you leave me anticipating the end from the very beginning! good rhythm and thought...thanks!
william price11/28/06
I never knew such boundless joy
Could flood my very soul
Until my children turned from sin
And let God make them whole

AMEN!!! This is why I stear clear of poetry. I could never come close to writing this well. Excellent mechanics and a more than effective message delivered expertly. Another outstanding entry!!! God bless.
Cheri Hardaway 11/29/06
The boundless joy you describe and that William notes above, is truly incredible! My son, 19 1/2 years old, was baptized this past Sunday. What an occasion to rejoice! I love your poem! Outstanding job. Blessings, Cheri
cindy yarger12/21/06
Very tender. I liked this alot.
Bonnie Derksen04/13/07
Written with such effective meter and rhythme, the message is powerful and poignant.
As I let the words soak in tonight, I am challenged to surrender the "angst" to Him while being ever so thankful for the mother He gave me.
Thank you for using your gift of pen, Anita.