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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: Coffee Shop Friends
By Sharlyn Guthrie
10/18/07


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We all know one another,
or claim to be good friends,
though it’s rare to speak beyond our pleasantries.
We have our obligations
and urgent expectations;
commitments to our precious families.

Our kinship draws us here,
or perhaps a longing does;
a desire to see behind the veils we’re wearing.
So on this afternoon
on the twenty-sixth of June
we risk our very selves with honest sharing.

We’ve claimed a private corner,
or at least a distant one.
We’re unaware of others that surround us.
How many times this year
have I failed to see your tears?
I must admit that to your pain I was oblivious.

How can I claim to know you,
or even claim to care?
The question stirs a haunting deep inside.
God reigns, I do believe;
yet inwardly I grieve,
wondering how I could have helped if I had tried.

And soon, before I know it,
or take the time to think,
my own fickle façade has crumbled, too.
My frailties have been told,
at the risk of seeming bold.
Perhaps knowing my flaws will strengthen you.

Someone suggests we hold hands
or bow our heads to pray.
Into His mighty hands our cares are laid.
We came simply as friends.
We’re sisters in the end,
When the roll and coffee bill is finally paid.

Returning to our duties,
or to our separate ways,
our bonds are stronger than they were before.
The fellowship was sweet
and honest and complete.
We’ll gather soon to share and talk some more.


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Joanne Sher 10/19/07
So much depth here - and honesty. This gave me much to ponder. Wonderfully done.
Dee Yoder 10/19/07
I'm quite attracted to the rhythm of this poem. It's heartwarming and honest, too. Reading through the poem, I got a sense of the friends opening up and becoming transparent with each other which leads to real fellowship.
Betty Castleberry10/20/07
What a lovely tribute to friends. I'm partial to the date you picked, too. It was my parent's wedding anniversary. Well done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/22/07
I love how you showed the kinship of fellow believers. The flow of the poem is just right.