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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: Before Night Falls
By Linda Watson Owen


Go ahead.
Say it.

Say the words that
cling like glue to
the recesses of your heart.

Say the words that
whinny and neigh in
stubborn resistance
at the door of your lips.

Say them.
Oh, say them now.

Say the words
before they rot and stink
in the vat of yesterday’s

Say them before the distance
stretches beyond returning.

Say the words.

Or do you think that
hoarding such manna will
feed your lonely tomorrows?

And will squirreling away the blessing
feed your winter heart?

Go ahead.

Say it before pride’s dam
with billows of rancid hurt,
with torrents of words
best unheard..

Say it
before screaming silence
freezes all hope,
buries all light in
tombs of regret.

Say the words.
Give them birth.
Let them breathe.

Say them purely, gently.
Say them with the sweet conviction of
compassion’s truth.

Go ahead.
Say the words
before night falls and
hearts turn into stone.

Say the words,
before all time is gone.

Say the words,

“I’m sorry.”

“If you are angry, do not let it become sin. Get over your anger before the day is finished.
Do not let the devil start working in your life.” Ephesians 4:26-27 New Life Version

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Sara Harricharan 01/10/08
Very good descriptions! I can see the imagery here, like the "Vat of yesterday's intentions" WOW! Great stuff!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/10/08
Wow...what wonderful word choices for this awesome poem.
Lynda Schultz 01/10/08
This is excellent writing, and the lesson taught, nailed, at the end is perfect.
Sheri Gordon01/11/08
This is very good -- so real. And a nice take on the topic.
Joanne Sher 01/11/08
Powerful - excellent imagery, and extremely convicting.
Emily Gibson01/12/08
very very good
Sharlyn Guthrie01/12/08
Powerful imagery and poignant message. Your poetry is breathtaking.
Catrina Bradley 01/12/08
Great imagery, WONDERFUL message.
LauraLee Shaw01/14/08
This blessed me to read it. I'll go tell my family I love them right now....
jodie banner01/14/08
What a wonderful poem.Very convicting.
Jan Ackerson 01/14/08
Linda, this is awesome. Love the title, love the tone, love everything about this ouch-inducing poem.
Loren T. Lowery01/14/08
Convicting, convincing, compelling and completely on target.
Temple Miller01/14/08
Wow, I loved the tone of the voice. Great message in a gripping piece.
Sally Hanan01/14/08
Excellent use of words and one can feel the tangible warning.
Yvonne Blake 01/15/08
Not exactly a poem...but kind of...
I knew what the last two words would be before I got there.
Well done.
Betty Castleberry01/15/08
Powerful message. Nice imagery. Very well done.
Dee Yoder 01/15/08
A depth of feeling and emotion in this poem. Beautifully crafted, too.
Beth LaBuff 01/16/08
Wow! I am in awe! What a beautiful, lovely way to illustrate that verse.

Some favorite lines from this are, "Or do you think that hoarding such manna will feed your lonely tomorrows?

And will squirreling away the blessing feed your winter heart?"

I love it!
Michelle Roufley01/16/08
Your use of words is pure artistry.
I should read this every day of my life.
Julie Ruspoli01/16/08
Very deep and a great message. I will read this one again and again. Nice job!
Temple Miller01/16/08
Just had to say, I read it a second time, and I'm even more touched and impressed.
Maxx .01/16/08
most excellent work and one of my favorites for the week! Strong message delivered in a truly masterful way. You are very good!
Tim Pickl01/17/08
'I'm sorry' I didn't read this earlier...
Karen Wilber01/19/08
Beautiful. I love how this poem builds in intensity, then ends quietly, but never gives up its message. Well deserved EC.
Debbie Wistrom02/12/08
I;ll say it, I'm sorry that I didn't see ths piece until today. Congrats on an outstanding example of the proverb.
Betsy Markman08/22/08
Oh boy, every word is so powerful! Incredible writing.
Linda Watson Owen07/24/10
(placed ninth)