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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Catalogs
By Beth Muehlhausen



They come unbidden to my home,
To tempt - then lure - my thoughts to roam.

I have no needs, and yet they tease,
“Oh yes you do, buy some of these!”

I try to argue – challenge them –
And yet my arguments seem thin.

“My house is full of stuff-stuff-stuff,
So is that stuff not quite enough?”

They scream at me, “You must need more!
C’mon now, please, buy out the store!”

I tear myself away and look,
Considering each shelf and nook.

Oh my, I own so many things –
Each one much comfort to me brings.

So what’s the tug – why so much pull,
When every corner’s very full?

I want what I can’t have – it’s true!
So what, when tempted, will I do?

I must beware … the plastic’s out –
I am about to charge, no doubt!!

Will I recall the tested rule,
That I might soon become a fool?

My head hangs low; I contemplate.
I love my things; they are first rate.

I do not need new toys or clothes,
And buying means financial woes.

I stop and ponder – should I buy?
Or to my cravings should I die?

The tension builds; I turn to God.
“Lord save me from blowing a wad!”

The truth descends; I have no need!
I want for naught! I’m hooked by greed!

Those catalogs, they trigger lust.
They say, “You can;" I think I must.

But really I’m already blessed,
By what God knows for me is best.

I realize I have been duped –
I have from faith to self-love stooped.

He’s wrapped me in sheer luxury,
With extras past necessity.

I’m blessed by everything and more,
While catalogs – they wage cold war!

So even though things are on sale,
From prideful coveting I bail.

YAHOO for me, I close those books,
I find success - I’m off their hooks!

I sigh, recalling the close call,
Rejoicing that I did not fall.

It’s true the catalogs entice -
They quickly can become my vice.

The lesson’s clear, I know it well –
Since in the past I simply fell.

Temptation starts with just a glance;
And when I look, I take a chance.

I forget about the things I have -
Want more and more, my greed to salve.

But when I stop and quickly pray,
God steps right in and saves the day.

My goal is to in Him abide -
Rest and relax, let Him provide!

I won’t buy more – what sweet release.
Those catalogs can’t send me peace.

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Dianne Janak01/18/08
How clever! What a great refreshing take on the topic of greed..! Thanks for a smile for my day... and a reminder to throw them all in the trash.... Dianne
Marita Vandertogt01/18/08
I like the easy flow, easy read of this. Good message too.
LauraLee Shaw01/18/08
Man, does this rhyme true with me! Catalogs breed catalogs, too, that is the sad part! Point well made and well received.
Dee Yoder 01/18/08
You've illustrated the topic this week beautifully and in clever, fun to read verse!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/18/08
I like your verses with a message of how we can be resuced from greed.
Joanne Sher 01/19/08
Oh, how true - a clever piece I can certainly relate to. Great rhyme and meter too - a wonderful read.
Karen Wilber01/19/08
Get the behind me, catalogs! So fun and so true. So many great lines..."Those catalogs, they trigger lust. They say, “You can;" I think I must."
Linda Watson Owen01/22/08
Oh, I love this poem!! What a delightfully written piece and just as down to earth practical message as you can get! This one needs to be read by 'billions'! Great job!