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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)

TITLE: I Was Hungry, and You Shopped for Me.
By Catrina Bradley


“Scuse me ma’am, don’t want to bother,
Could you mayhap spare a dollar
Or even two.
Kids’r hungry, ma’s got the flu.”

“Sorry, sir, we love to fill
Your empty pockets from the till
But the till’s bare.
There’s just no money we can spare.”

Again, I bow my head to pray
Another man is here today
At the church door
Hat in hand, eyes on the floor.

Pastor Dan, just down the hall,
Has heard the much familiar call
Of one in need
And my answer to his plea.

“I know how you dislike the task
Of saying no to those who ask
And truly need;
But some will come just out of greed.

“If only we could give them food
We’d know that it would go for good.
We can’t be sure;
I hate it too, but what else is there?”

“How ‘bout we give them just enough
food for a meal, and maybe stuff
So they can wash.
Oh, and the Word, and Bible tracts.”

Pastor Dan jumped right on board
“Let's stock a cupboard! Hit the store!”
A shopping trip!
For this assignment I’m equipped.

Warehouse stores are wondrous places
Filled to brimming with big cases.
Mass amounts
Of sundry goods I cannot count.

Credit card and list in hand
My course is set, my route is planned…
The warehouse store
To fill a cart with wares galore.

Setting out I pause to offer
Thank you prayers to God my Father
And will he send
Wisdom, guidance, and discernment.

Once inside the mart so massive
Bright, wide aisles have got me dancing
In my heart
And miscellany spills into my cart

Volunteers come by next day
To fill some bags then humbly pray
“God, bless each one
To profit from this mission we’ve begun.”

“Scuse me ma’am, don’t want to bother,
Could you mayhap spare a dollar
Or even two.
Kids’r hungry, ma’s down with flu.”

“Sorry, sir, we love to fill
Your empty pockets from the till
But I can grant
Food to fill your tummies if you want ”

Again, I bow my head to pray
Another man is here today.
I ask that hope
Might be passed on and help this soul to cope.

I also praise the Holy Name
Of Him Who truly made my day
The time He said,
“Go shopping, there are people to be fed.”

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Leigh MacKelvey03/09/07
A very entertaining poem with a great solution to making certain people who are hungry receive the food they need. My favorite stanza was the first, I loved the language and the rhythm. I was glad to see it repeated towards the end. The repetion added to the strength of the poem and the story it tells. I enjoyed this light-hearted tale and the principle of feeding those who are hungry and in doing it, we feed Christ as He fed us. Thank you for the read and the inspiration!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/11/07
I enjoyed your well-constructed poem and the message included in it. Kudos!
Sara Harricharan 03/13/07
Very nice! The long title caught my eye, glad I stopped to read it. Very vivid descriptions and a lot of feeling packed into this piece. I liked the verse with shopping and havine misc. spilling into the cart. Sounds so much like me ^_^
Bonnie Way03/13/07
Great poem! I liked their solution to the problem. How to help the homeless is something I've struggled with.
Joanne Sher 03/13/07
I enjoyed the rhythm of this very much! It flowed very nicely - and I enjoyed the message.
Myrna Noyes03/14/07
I very much enjoyed the story this poem had to tell! A couple times I've had the privilege of shopping to help those in need and was so blessed by it! Well done! :)
Jan Ackerson 03/14/07
Awesome poetic structure, great message, lots of fun stuff here. You say you're a beginner at poetry? You wouldn't know it!
Brenda Welc03/14/07
I really liked the flow of your poem! Keep up on writing!
Rita Garcia03/15/07
Great flow! Great message!
Julie Arduini03/15/07
I LOVED the title and the poem didn't disappoint at all. I thought the entire thing was well crafted with a poignant message.