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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)

TITLE: Nest
By Benjamin Graber
06/02/08


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When you are busy at your nest
And cackling voices mock and jeer,
When they have called you out to play
Will you ignore them when you’re pressed?
And sing the louder songs of cheer?

You make a haven out of twigs
To offer shelter for your young,
While they play merrily away
And jab at you with little digs—
Remember all the dreams you’ve sung…

You do this for your chicks, you know,
You make a home that’s safe from pain—
Your youth will blossom as they grow,
Your love providing sun and rain…


Now you take time to lace your nest
With downy feathers from your breast,
You make the sacrifice yourself
To make a home where chicks can rest
And live a life that love has blessed…

They’ll never understand the price
And all the ways your love has shown;
But when their children lose their way,
They’ll see your caring sacrifice
Has made your nest into a loving home!

You do this for your chicks, you know,
You make a home that’s safe from pain—
Your youth will blossom as they grow,
Your love providing sun and rain…



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Jan Ackerson 06/06/08
Love the unique rhyme scheme, and the superb extended metaphor. Really nice job.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/06/08
Unusual rhyme, but a sweet sentiment of the topic.
Beth LaBuff 06/06/08
I love your rhyming pattern. Your lesson in this poem is beautifully and poetically rich. Excellent creativity for "family home" with this "Nest". I really like what you've done with this.