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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fearful (08/23/07)

TITLE: Viola Violet--A Children's Poem
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Viola Violet was so small,
Her tiny stem would bend,
And she would shake with sudden fear
With every blowing wind.

Viola wished that she could hide
When raindrops fell on her.
They were so awful damp and cold,
She was too stiff to stir.

Viola was afraid the sun
Would take away her breath,
Would make her petals all turn brown,
And smother her to death.

Viola shook with nervous chills
When winter came with snow.
Her feet were firmly planted, and
She’d nowhere else to go.

Viola thought the animals,
Who scampered all around,
Would trample her and stomp on her
And grind her in the ground.

Viola’s mother said to her,
“You’re such a scaredy plant.
You’re frightened of such teeny things
As Itsy-Bitsy Ant.

“There is no reason you should live
In constant dread and fear,
For God above created you,
And He is always near.

“God made you to be small, but sweet;
He made you purple, too.
To bring cheer to a cheerless world
Is what you’re meant to do.”
___ ___ ___

Now, little children have a place
God made just YOU to fill.
So you can live out fearlessly
Whatever's in His will.

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Dolores Stohler08/30/07
A charming poem -- very clever. I liked this very much. Good job.
Dee Yoder 08/30/07
Oh, so charming! I can just picture the illustrations for this poem in a children's book. The words would be wonderful for children to read, too, with the easy flow and rhyme.
Kathy Bruins08/30/07
I love it...you're such a scaredy plant. Cute!
Jan Ackerson 08/31/07
Jacquelyn Horne08/31/07
What a wonderful, encouraging poem for children. One thing - the last stanza starts out plural and ends singular. Easy to fix. But this is really a fun read and very strong on God's protection.
Kristen Hester08/31/07
This is so precious. I love it and would love to see it with beautiful, colorful illustrations.

I loved this line:
Viola’s mother said to her,
“You’re such a scaredy plant.

Great job!
Joanne Sher 08/31/07
This is absolutely delightful and sweet. Wonderful.
Dianne Janak09/01/07
I love it when a word such as fearful can be written in so many creative ways. To write from the perspective of a plant is inspiring to me and beautiful. I can see it illustrated. I want to see more children's books like this for my grandchildren.. Great writing..! Dianne
Marilyn Schnepp 09/01/07
Absolutely delightful - for Grown ups too! Loved it! Loved it, Loved it!
Ann FitzHenry09/01/07
I agree with the above comments. This is an excellent children's poem. Fantastic work!
Sharlyn Guthrie09/02/07
"You're such a scaredy plant" How adorable!
Janice Cartwright09/02/07
Ditto to all the above comments and more so. This was such a delight to read. Beautiful to the eye, the ear, and the heart.
dub W09/03/07
Wonderful and delightful to read. Put it in the puppy pen.
Rhonda Clark09/03/07
Very sweet, I will have to share with my daughter. She'll love this.

christine bastow09/04/07
I enjoyed this. Well done. chris x
Tracy Walshaw09/04/07
Thanks for the precious, true reminder that God is with us all the way and made each of us to "bloom where we're planted". Great job!
Linda Watson Owen09/04/07
Oh, my! What a precious and perfectly written poem! I know you wrote it with children in mind, but this adult was abundantly blessed by it! ;) Absolutely wonderful!!
Pam Carlson-Hetland09/05/07
This is indeed precious. And a good lesson for adults, as well.
Julie Ruspoli09/05/07
What a sweet poem and message for little ones. The flow was so easy to read. I could just picture a child reading it and smiling. Very nice! I'll read it to my grandkids someday when I have them.
Lynda Schultz 09/05/07
Super cute! Liked the lilt and since I loved violets I was captured from the beginning.
LaNaye Perkins09/05/07
Very charming and sweet poem! Well done!