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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: Meet The Challenge
By Deborah Engle
03/11/08


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A subtle little thought persists and lingers
A worthy seed from God that wants a start
Takes root and grows, entwining in and under
And captures ev’n the very cautious heart.

The little thought now grows and gains momentum
As buds appear along the reaching vine.
Dream blossoms soon burst forth in wondrous beauty
And visions of what might be, down the line.

In awe, the spirit reaches forth, caressing,
Cherishing the promise, truly charmed.
But wisdom must consider well the journey,
Bestowing strength to make the trek unharmed.

A dream come to fruition won’t just happen.
That “little thought” requires honest work.
Then when there comes an open door to walk through
The captured heart can boldly march, not lurk.

Perhaps there’ll be a timely situation
An occasion rarely offered, scarcely seen,
That could yield the precious fruit so dearly hoped for,
Reveal the blessing ready to be gleaned.

A fleeting chance to make a contribution,
A means to make a difference starting now,
An opportunity for worlds to open,
A time for hope to happen… soon… somehow.

The choice to take advantage of this window
Can hardly be delayed or pondered long.
Soon time moves on despite all hesitation
And with it, this occasion-now that’s wrong.

God-given thoughts and goals and sincere longings
Have a purpose, that is very clear.
Forgotten, set aside, His plan is hindered
But faithful souls fulfill the charge, so dear.

God honors lowly humans by allowing
A small part in His own divine design.
Step up, accept your portion, meet the challenge.
Don’t miss the chance to see His glory shine.


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Patty Wysong03/14/08
I like this! There's great wisdom here to be followed. I especially Love the last two lines. :)
K. J. Cash03/14/08
My heart is singing now, thank you!!!
Holly Westefeld03/14/08
This vivid imagery and unusual meter are an interesting way to meet the challenge this week.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/15/08
Perfect poetry with ultra-sound...of rhythym and rhyme. Very, very good!
Jan Ackerson 03/16/08
Wonderful! I love the 11, 10, 11, 10 metrical scheme, and the superb message of exhortation.
Shelley Ledfors 03/16/08
Wonderful thoughts in a lovely form. Thank you.
Catrina Bradley 03/16/08
Just lovely - thank you!
Sally Hanan03/16/08
Perfect flow and a really good point to your entry.
Debbie Wistrom03/17/08
So righ ton for topic, loved this stanza
"Perhaps there’ll be a timely situation
An occasion rarely offered, scarcely seen,
That could yield the precious fruit so dearly hoped for,
Reveal the blessing ready to be gleaned.

The end is wonderful as well.
Sara Harricharan 03/19/08
This is good! I really liked the flow of it and how it tied in with a challenge that perhaps we can all take, right? Great job here! I liked the last verse best of all! ^_^
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/20/08
This is an excellent poem. I love how you continued your thought forward all the way through. The words and the message are both beautiful.