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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In-Law(s) (05/08/08)

TITLE: Unfinished Business--A Eulogy
By Emily Gibson
05/10/08


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A Eulogy for my brother-in-law’s memorial service and 60th birthday:

Carpenter, remodeler,
Musician, Grandfather
Husband, Father, Son
Died
Without goodbyes
In a fall from a ladder.

We assumed
There always would be
Another day
For the next remodel,
The next project,
The next concert;
Plenty of time
To plan how
To bring people joy
And help them feel at home.

You rebuilt the old
Using tools and your hands,
Both people and houses
Grew,
Nurtured by your
Encouragement and humor,
Created through
Fine woodwork,
Ragtime songs and
Gentle friendship.

Your three grandchildren
~~brand new construction~~
Sanded and shaped
Smooth
Varnished
Glowing
Reflect your
Love and skill.

We see you in
Their hands,
Their eyes,
Their hearts
Forever more
Your knowledge
Molding theirs.

It is too soon
To be called
To move on,
Leaving behind
Unfinished business;
But a new job awaits:
Now you build afar
Playing a new song
Laying a new foundation
Bridging hope of
New construction
For the rest of us
To come home to
Someday.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/15/08
Not just a wonderful tribute, but a wonderful picture in words of a worthy person, revealed through what he had done. Excellent poem.
Lollie Hofer 05/16/08
Great word pictures of an incredible person. Enjoyed all of it. The flow of the words fit the mood of the poem quite well.
Dee Yoder 05/18/08
Wonderful and well-written tribute to your brother-in-law. By this account, he was well-loved and greatly missed. Your poetry is beautiful.
Lyn Churchyard05/18/08
This is just so good! I particularly loved "We see you in
Their hands,
Their eyes,
Their hearts
Forever more
Your knowledge
Molding theirs."
What a wonderful tribute to an amazing man.
Joanne Sher 05/18/08
Enjoyed this - masterfully done with wonderful images. A wonderful tribute!
LaNaye Perkins05/18/08
Your poem paints a lovely picture of this wonderful man. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 05/18/08
Fantastic imagery--I loved that the carpetry was both a metaphor and the reality. Very well done.
Joy Faire Stewart05/18/08
This is a beautiful tribute and I enjoyed the flow. I found the last stanza especially touching.
LauraLee Shaw05/18/08
Moving and incredible writing:
But a new job awaits:
Now you build afar
Playing a new song
Laying a new foundation


Wow.
Mariane Holbrook05/18/08
What a tender, poignant piece. Very nice job indeed!
Debbie Wistrom05/19/08
Loved how he was instrumental in the lives of his grandchildren.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/19/08
Lovely free verse poem! I especially like the third stanza -it's very touching. This flowed so well, and you paced it just right.
Joshua Janoski05/19/08
I loved the ending of this. I can picture him up in Heaven constructing our mansions that we will someday live in. Very touching and beautiful.
Sara Harricharan 05/21/08
Wonderful! I loved the first verse best, that summed up all the different roles. Again, Wonderful! ^_^