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

TITLE: Threadbare
By Joanne Malley



She sat upon her rocking horse
Its motion soothed her pain,
Afraid to move, she grabbed on tight
While tears fell forth like rain.

Her tattered dress was floral print
With mangled bows of red,
She fiddled with the dirty lace
And pulled a dangling thread.

A piece unraveled like the seams
That loosened ‘round her heart,
If only needles and some thread
Could mend each damaged part.

The fabric of her life’s been sewn
By hands that did not love,
Just hurtful words and empty arms
Were all that she knew of.

The pain she reaped was not deserved
Abuse had woven strife,
The patches that were put in place
Could not repair her life.

Neglect had left her heart threadbare
All hope eroded thin,
Her wish to know parental love
Stayed buried deep within.

The time had come to mend the seams
And God now held the thread,
For he would guide the needle through
Each part that once had bled.

He mended all the rips and holes
To blot out all her pains,
He ironed all the wrinkled parts
And banished all the stains.

For not one child should know the life
That she once had to live,
They all deserve the healing touch
That only God can give.

The fabric of her life’s been darned
Each thread’s secure and tight,
Her Tailor used a special stitch
That made each wrong so right.

For now the pieces of her dress
Are mended, fresh and new,
The rigors of a tattered past
No longer will ensue.

Now more mature with hair of gray
Her mind recalled those days,
With no regrets, she’d change not one
To God she owes her praise.

He sat upon her rocking chair
And held his precious child,
She gazed upon her perfect dress
And hugged the Lord and smiled.

Copywrite 2007

Jesus loves the little children, and He said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew, 19:14, NIV

This is for all of God’s children whose hearts are in need of being mended and healed.

Child abuse is a frightening truth. Eighty percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Unfortunately, only a small percentage will be reported, though God knows all about it. He can ease the pain.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/01/07
What a beautiful poem! My favorite line--such a wonderful reminder--"And God now held the thread." It is wonderful to know that God cares for each abused child, and for every one of us, as well.
Sharlyn Guthrie03/01/07
Excellent job. I love the mental pictures this creates as I read it.
Pat Guy 03/02/07
Yes - may this be the beginning of Hope for many and the insight we need to be aware. Excellent word choices painting a complete picture - beautiful images for all who have been torn apart by evil. Truly lovely.
Joy Faire Stewart03/03/07
Moved me to tears. Loved that it tells there will not always be sadness. Excellent writing...just beautiful!
Betty Castleberry03/03/07
I love this poem. It is so well written, and I hope it serves as reminder of what some children have to suffer. Excellent.
Jacquelyn Horne03/05/07
So poignant! Telling a beautiful story of Christ's love.
Phyllis Inniss03/06/07
Your poem highlighted the pain that abused children experience. You described that pain in a very touching and realistic way. But the hope is that God eases the pain.
Linda Watson Owen03/06/07
Absolutely beautiful in every way! Your rhythm and rhyme were spot on and the message goes straight to the heart. You ended it with just the perfect touch too. Wonderful poem, Jo!
Joanne Sher 03/06/07
I love love LOVE all the sewing imagery. I was going to pick a favorite stanza, but every time I started a new one, it became my favorite. I think you are MEANT to speak in rhyme, dear friend.
Jan Ackerson 03/06/07
Just wonderful! This poem's got it all--the imagery is particularly strong. Lovely.
Marilee Alvey03/06/07
This was moving. This part tore me up:
"For not one child should know the life
That she once had to live." For all of those abused children, for all of those rape victims...my heart yearns to let them know that there is a place where they can become "as white as snow," and that's at the feet of Jesus, alongside the rest of us, for no one is clean, on their own. We've had this in our family, and, as I watch my precious granddaughter grow, I am dumbfounded how people can do these things to little children...but then, again, I remember that Satan now runs loose in the world. One day he will be banished...but, until then, keep writing and standing up for these precious children. Threadbare no more! Excellent!
James Clem 03/06/07
Very well done - it reaches out,touches the emotions and leaves the reader thinking.
Rita Garcia03/06/07
Wonderful! Like, Joanne, I was going to choose a favorite line, however, each one was great. Please keep writing in rhyme!
Allison Egley 03/06/07
Oh, this is wonderful. So sad, and yet all too true. It's such a comfort to know that God heals all pains, big and small, no matter the source!
william price03/06/07
Very, very well done. If this is what rhyming does for you, keep it up. It's for sure a God thing:)
God bless.
cindy yarger03/07/07
Well done.
Laurie Glass 03/07/07
What a lovely, touching poem with a powerful message. I hope you'll find another home for this poem outside of the challenge. I can see it touching many hearts out there.
Donna Powers 03/07/07
An excellent poem and SO touching! The meter is very nicely done and the rhyming is perfect. A very good poem. Thanks for sharing it
Julie Arduini03/07/07
Breathtaking, simply breathtaking!
Joanney Uthe03/08/07
Joanne, thank you from all of us for whom this is biographical. This is a beautiful poem with an awesome message of hope and the only source of TRUE healing.
John Hunt03/12/07
Very poignant, and expertly penned from title to finish.
Nicely done!