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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: Not Yet ...
By Donna Emery
03/09/08


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Iíll tell him about Jesus,
The next time that we meet
Iíll answer all his questions
And it will be so sweet:
Heíll pray the prayer of sinners
Heíll come to church with me
But for today I think Iíll just
Stay here, and watch TV

Iíll pray with her tomorrow
Her place is on my way
Sheís been so sick and lonely
She needs a friend, today
I know she canít do housework
She needs a helping hand
But now Iím going dancing
And she will understand

Iíll volunteer next Friday;
The food pantry is bare
I know we need to stock the shelves
To show those folks we care
They need our help with groceries
Weíre taught to help the poor
But for today I really need
To hit the record store

Iíll read the Word at bedtime.
Iím five chapters behind
My goals for Bible reading
And lately, now, I find
I donít feel close to Jesus
I donít feel peace, of late
But my friend Ginaís calling
So, it will have to wait

What if tomorrow itís too late
And my friend will not heed?
What if my friend is dying
And cries out, in her need?
What if some family goes without
And turns away from Hope?
What if my Bibleís on my shelf
And I canít seem to cope?

At least my good intentions
Should show whatís in my heart
God knows that I had honest aims;
He knows Iíll do my part
When He calls next, Iíll follow Him
Iíll hasten to do right
Whatís that? My turn to clean the church?
Perhaps another nightÖ


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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/14/08
You did a great job in your excellent poem in revealing how careless and shallow we can be regarding the really important matters of living our life for God. I loved your conclusion.
Mo 03/15/08
The last line made me think, Ouch--for her, for everyone. Very realistic, unfortunately. Great job with the topic. I'm not a poet, but this was nice & easy to read too!
Marilyn Schnepp 03/16/08
Loved this poetic romp through life! I thought for a minute that the MC had pulled himself/herself up and was going to do THINGS NOW!; however, right back in the old routine...."no church cleaning tonight...I'm busy." (*.*)! Delightful and very thought provoking! Great for this week's topic!
Deborah Engle 03/16/08
I like this, too. Your examples could have been from anyones experience, and the poetry worked well and read easily. Good job.
Catrina Bradley 03/17/08
Ooh, ouch! This little poem really hits home. I love the wrap up stanza, and the last stanza is perfect. Nicely done on this topic.