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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: I Wonder
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I Wonder

As she sat among the women
While they did their daily sewing,
Did she sometimes feel the flutter
Of the babe inside her growing?

Did she listen to the stories
From the mothers gathered there
Of the pains involved in birthing
And the problems of child care?

Did she often pause to wonder
With her needle in her hand
How she’d been the one thus chosen?
Would she ever understand?

Was she fearful for her future?
For this honor she was glad,
But did thoughtless words of others
Find her sometimes feeling sad?

Did she tell the other women
Of the blessing she’d received?
Were there any in this circle
Who knew what she had believed?

Was she trusting that her man-child
Promised as the coming King
Over sin would be the victor
And the world salvation bring?

Did her faithful heart within her
Meet with God in sweet accord
As she sat in prayerful waiting
Making garments for the Lord?

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Sara Harricharan 03/01/07
Touching! Very tenderly written in a way I hadn't thought of Mary before. Excellent job with taking a new angle. ^_^
JoAnne Nanton03/01/07
This is a beautiful poem; well thought out and executed. I too have begun to wonder.
Bonnie Way03/02/07
Beautiful poem - I was smiling when I realized it was Mary. Thanks for showing us another side of her.
Dolores Stohler03/03/07
The thoughts are beautiful, the poetry flawless. Fits the topic, too. Love it so much!
Jacquelyn Horne03/04/07
Beautifully done. Please put this in the free reprint area when the challenge is over! It does make you wonder.
Sharlyn Guthrie03/04/07
Your rhythm is lilting and the words of your poem flow effortlessly. Nice job!
Marilee Alvey03/06/07
Very well done. It makes Mary more human. It helps us identify with her and marvel, once again, at the strength it took....and the honor she was given. It all still boggles my mind.
Betty Castleberry03/06/07
I like this. It flowed nicely. I've often wondered what Mary thought as she waited for the birth of the Son. Kudos.
Joanne Sher 03/06/07
Oh, Verna, this is beautiful! So delicate and lovely and meaningful. Wonderful.
Jan Ackerson 03/06/07
How wonderful! So creative and unique.
Pat Guy 03/06/07
This was beautiful and tender - I can see why it's your favorite. I hope it's used somewhere during Christmas - it should be. It's lovely.
Joanne Malley03/06/07
This is sweet and well done! It's nice to imagine what Mary would have been thinking. Thanks for bringing her to life in your own special way. Blessings, Jo
Allison Egley 03/06/07
Oh, I like this. The only thing I might change (and this is purely my opinion) would be to add a final verse that attempts to answers these questions.
Linda Watson Owen03/06/07
Verna, this is so delightful! It really takes me into Mary's heart and mind. I know it's anachronistic to say this, but I couldn't help but hear the gentle yet driving rhythm of a sewing machine in this poem. Am I really way off with that thought? LOL! I loved this poem. It's so sensitive and precious.
Laurie Glass 03/07/07
How lovely and what a unique perspective. Great job.
Donna Powers 03/07/07
A very sweet poem. Easy to read and a lovely spirit embodied in its words. Thanks for sharing it
Julie Arduini03/07/07
Touching and sweet, it really does make you think. Lovely!
Joanney Uthe03/08/07
Great poem. I love the image of Mary sitting sewing with other women. Reminds us that she was an ordinary person.
Edy T Johnson 12/15/07
What a sweet poem giving us insight into the heart of Mary, who pondered all these things in her heart! We often overlook the shame that must have been laid on her for her "condition." Yet, she knew how hard it would be for those detractors to understand the miracle.

You've captured her, here, in such a way that we better glimpse the character we only know as Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus.