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

TITLE: A Thread Unbroken
By Kenn Allan
02/28/07


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"Mommy! Mommy! Come here quick!"
Implores her frantic shout,
"I cut the hair on Teddy Bear,
An' stuffin's fallin' out."


With cocoa and some fuzzy yarn
I mend the wound with care
And pray she'll see no tragedy
Worse than a leaking bear...

"Oh, Mom, I don't know what to do,"
She moans with tortured face,
"This gown's too long and fits me wrong
And I'll look out of place."


I raise the hem with patient sighs
And sense her tensions shrink
As youth is shed like frazzled thread
Of polyester pink...

"Mother, could you lend a hand?"
Her tone an anxious wail,
"A rose brocade of heavy suede
Has tangled in my veil."


My scissors' blades must fully join
Before they draw apartó
I snip the ties with misty eyes
And free her borrowed heart...

"Gramma? Can you fix my jeans?"
(I hear his mother speak!)
"I tore the knees while climbing trees
An' Mom is gonna freak."


With denim thread and mellow heart
I tread where time has flown,
And thank the LORD for my rewardó
To reap what I have sewn.


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Sharlyn Guthrie03/01/07
A stitch in time. Beautiful!
cindy yarger03/02/07
Hooray! What an enjoyable read. Great job!
Mo 03/02/07
Loved it!
Myrna Noyes03/02/07
I enjoyed the progression of time connected by the "unbroken thread" of the woman's stitches in this delightful poem! The ending stanza was so perfect! :)
Pat Guy 03/03/07
This is a GEM! I LOVED it! Just LOVED it.
Marilyn Klunder03/04/07
I don't read poetry much but this was very enjoyable. Good job!
Thomas Kappel03/04/07
Absolutely wonderful! The unbreakable string of love ties throughout eternity.
Lori Othouse 03/07/07
I really loved this. The transition flows so well. "I snip the ties with misty eyes and free her borrowed heart..." Wow, that's beautiful! So sweet and touching. Excellent!
Phyllis Inniss 03/08/07
Beautiful poem. The way it progresses through time in the most unobstrusive way and love just flows through each stanza. Eloquently done.
Sara Harricharan 03/08/07
This is really sweet. I like the story and especially the stanza with Grandma. Congrats on your win! ^_^
Betty Castleberry03/08/07
I'm very late, but want to tell you how much I enjoyed this. Congrats on your win, too.
Barbara Hartsook03/08/07
Very well written. I can relate. Congratulations on winning the week.
Elizabeth Bussey03/08/07
Congratulations on this win. It's absolutely wonderful!
Allen Clupny03/10/07
You must have had alot of fun writing this. Especially the final stanza. It made me laugh. Well done and congradulations.