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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Petty Cash
By Venice Kichura


I think of how in younger years
When I was blessed with cash,
The dollars used to burn my hands
And to the malls Iíd dash.

It felt so good to have some dough
That I could spend on me.
Iíd hold it tightly in my hand
And plan my shopping spree.

It wasnít on new trendy clothes
Or earrings, shoes or pearls
That I would blow my petty cash---
Those are for prissy girls.

But I would cruise the hobby stores
In search of a new toy,
And then Iíd head for outlet malls
In central Illinois.

As years flew by, I shopped for more;
I had a mounting stash
Of knickknacks that I rarely used
Bought with my extra cash.

The trampoline I bought last fall
With Mammaís birthday check
Was used at first, but nowís retired,
And parked on our back deck.

The quilting frame I grabbed last year
For thirteen, ninety-nine,
Now, dusty, stands in my garage,
Clipped to a ďFor SaleĒ sign.

I stood amazed how I acquired
A closet full of junk
That now is tossed and tightly crammed
Into a storage trunk.

I had so much I had a sale---
Folks flocked to my front lawn.
To my surprise, they came in droves,
All lined up before dawn.

Today Iíve found a deeper joy
Than marking junk as sold.
The cash that used to burn my hands
Is not for me to hold.

Today I find that extra cash
Just doesnít bring a thrill.
For itís in giving that I find
Iím doing Godís true will.


Itís when I pass it to someone
Who has a greater need,
I find I overflow with joy---
It cures me of my greed.

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Betty Castleberry05/24/07
Love the light-hearted way the message is presented in this piece. It really does make you feel wonderful when you do something for others, doesn't it?
Good meter, good rhyme, good poem.
Dixie Phillips05/24/07
Loved how you shone a light on the secret corners of ALL of our hearts...... Especially loved the line where you brought in about God's will.... That was excellent!!!! Way to go!
Maxx .05/24/07
I liked this ... and the message is soooo true! Good work!
Cassie Memmer05/24/07
Have you been in my closets? LOL! I can relate and you are so right, it is so much better to give. Great message that should be received well because it's not an "I told you so" but you've used yourself as the teaching tool. Great job! Great poetry too!
Sharon Henderson05/24/07
I agree with Cassie...I think you have been in my closets or my whole house. Makes ME want to have one of those "sales". Thanks for the "better to give than to receive" reminder!
Mo 05/24/07
I really liked this.
Marilee Alvey05/24/07
Hey, I can really relate to this, sorry to say. Even the point about Central Illinois outlet malls. Hey, I'm here in Central Illinois! Wanna go shopping? er, I mean, wanna have a garage sale? You've touched my conscience with this neat little poem. Good work!
Al Boyce05/25/07
Bravo. Well written, pretty consistent rhyme scheme and a message near and dear to my heart. God bless!
Rhonda Clark05/25/07
You know how to hit a girl where it hurts. I have an attic full of "stuff."

Thanks for the thoughts. Love this.
valerie chambers05/26/07
I liked this soooo much.I had thought until the very end that your earnings from the sale of your stuff was going to buy you more stuff to ultimately sell.I guess that would have been my story to write :-))) Great job and God bless your learned heart.
Leigh MacKelvey05/27/07
Good meter and rhyme! Intersting topic and cute delivery.
Debbie OConnor05/28/07
Well done! Great message, nice rhyme and rhythm pattern. Light, but full of truth.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/07
This nicely written poem shows a person growing up in body and in heart and soul.
Jacquelyn Horne05/29/07
Very good poem here on the love of giving instead of receiving. Often we are greedy and waste money that others could eat on. God help us.
Joanne Sher 05/30/07
I love how lighthearted this is - yet what a message you hit us with! Very effective.