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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: First Things First
By Verna Cole Mitchell


A Christian board of elders met
To get the New Year’s Budget set.

“Don’t you think that the walls need paint?”
Was question asked by one dear saint.

Then many more ideas came,
No any two of them the same.

“To pad the pews is my advice,”
And “Stained glass windows would be nice.”

“The sanctuary needs more light;
I’m having trouble with my sight.”

“The microphone is not the best.”
“Our organ’s pipes don’t pass the test.”

“A brand new carpet should be laid,”
“Selection of new hymnals made.”

“I would propose a big wide screen;
It’s time that our church made the scene.”

At last, the pastor rose to speak,
“I think the Lord’s will we should seek.

I know He’d have us to be wise
In spending funds that He provides.

Our roof is leaking, as you know.
To fix it seems the way to go.

All these improvements you suggest,
To save for later might be best.

Though roof repairs can really cost,
If we don’t do it, all is lost.

It seems that worse will lead to worst
If we’re not putting first things first.

For God’s house, we must do things right
To be found pleasing in His sight.”

The elders bowed in humbleness,
And then their hearts the Lord did bless.

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Dee Yoder 01/10/08
This poem cleverly illustrates the way we can be sidetracked by the "glitzy" and "glamorous" things of life, and completely miss the foundational things that make us solid and stable. Great poetry to describe this topic!
Mariane Holbrook 01/10/08
Oh I LOVE this!!! I love the meter, the humor, the truth behind it all! I was tapping my foot the whole time. It's a great piece and I only wish I'd written it!!! Great job!
LauraLee Shaw01/10/08
Excellent rhyme that definitely puts "First things first." I loved it!
Beth LaBuff 01/10/08
So true, excellent lesson, and so much fun to read! Great writing!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/11/08
Brilliant! On target "topic-wise", rhythm and rhyme is excellent, and your 3-word title points out the message to a "T". Kudos for a great job!
Linda Watson Owen01/12/08
Wow! This is just great! What a delightful poem...humorous, witty, and poignant too...all in one package. So skillfully crafted! Way to go!! :-)
Joanne Sher 01/12/08
This one made me smile - and is full of wisdom I have come to associate with a certaing FW member. ;) The meter was just right for the piece. Enjoyed this.
Pam Richards01/12/08
I enjoyed your poem First Things First very much and it was a great illustration for the topic.
Jan Ackerson 01/14/08
Wonderful, Verna!
Karen Wilber01/14/08
Terrific story in the poem! Gotta do those "stitches" or all is lost indeed.
Temple Miller01/14/08
Oh, what great craftmanship. I'm jealous! Your humor and voice were just perfect. I loved it.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/14/08
Very cute poem, and with a great message, too. Excellent!
jodie banner01/14/08
This was so much fun to read and the message is right on target.
Betty Castleberry01/15/08
This is a gem in every way. You got your message across, and did it with near perfect rhyme and meter. Thumbs up.
Sara Harricharan 01/16/08
I had to chuckle at the elders who were so ready to plump things up, forgetting about the leaky roof! Good job here, I liked the use of two lines, it made it much easier for me to read-lol. Great job! (The title is hilarious when it ties in ^_^ )
Joy Faire Stewart01/16/08
There's so much to be enjoyed in this poem; humor, great message,love and the way it ends with the elders agreeing. Perfect!
Julie Ruspoli01/16/08
What a sweet poem, with a great message. Many times we worry about the little things that won't matter if we dont' take care of the big problem first.
Marita Vandertogt01/16/08
Nice take on the topic - an easy flowing and fun read.
Loren T. Lowery01/16/08
What a wonderful, lyrical poem with such a great message. I see God's hand in writing this!
Tim Pickl01/16/08
A perfect poem to present priorities for the church! Seek ye first the kingdom of God... Thanks for posting this one!