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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: One Spark
By Benjamin Graber
01/09/08


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One little spark was smoldering;
I could have smothered it with one swift move:
A simple step upon the source,
But I didn’t…

The little spark became a flame;
I could have stifled it with just a breath,
Like blowing out a birthday candle,
But I didn’t…

The little flame became a blaze;
I could have quenched it with a bucket,
A dash for water would have done it,
But I didn’t…

The little blaze became a fire;
I could have choked it if I desired:
A fire extinguisher was near—
But I didn’t…

The little fire soon grew in size;
But still I could have doused it, had I tried:
A hose could keep the fire down—
But I didn’t…

The hungry fire consumed my life;
I still had answers in the pain:
I could have called the fire station,
But I didn’t…

The blaze became a forest fire
Which claimed the lives and homes of many…

Just think what pain I might have spared,
But I didn’t…


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Laury Hubrich 01/10/08
Wow! This was a very good poem and right on topic! Excellent:)
Laury
darlene hight01/10/08
Great! perfect rhythmn and message
Joy Faire Stewart01/10/08
Love the clear message in the poem...great job on topic.
Sara Harricharan 01/11/08
Love the flow of this. The lesson is just perfect. All it takes is just one little, tiny spark to set a whole chain of events in motion. Great job with this. ^_^
Jan Ackerson 01/11/08
Perfect--can be read both at the literal and figurative level. Very well done.
Linda Watson Owen01/12/08
Great message and it fits the theme perfectly! Skellful use of repetition here to drive the point home. Well done!
Joanne Sher 01/13/08
An excellent message with depth beyond the surface. Like the use of repetition.
LauraLee Shaw01/13/08
This little poem packs a whole lotta punch. I love the literal lesson, as well as all the different analogies that could be drawn to it. Excellent!
Dee Yoder 01/15/08
This is one perfect poem. You illustrated the topic in multiple ways and the meter of this poem lends to the drama as the "spark" builds. Well constructed!
Beth LaBuff 01/17/08
Great lesson on many levels!
(Living near a heavily forested area I know how important this is). Wonderful thoughts! Thanks!