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

TITLE: If Walls Could Talk
By Verna Cole Mitchell


If walls could talk and tell a tale
Of all that had occurred,
Our house’s walls would speak about
The things they’ve seen and heard.

Like sweet words from a bride and groom,
Beginning their new life
And practicing their fledgling roles:
A husband and a wife.

Like all the love and work it took
And problems that they’d face
To turn a house into a home
And make a happy place.

Like little ones who came along,
Which made their lives abound
With busy days and sleepless nights
And things turned upside down.

Like spats and spills and illnesses
And schoolwork to be done,
Like pets and games and giggle fests
And hours of family fun.

Like blessings for the dinner meal
And learning wrong from right,
Like times of study in the Word
And bedtime prayers each night.

Like what they did for special days,
And graduation hours,
Like weddings that they’d celebrate
With songs and vows and flowers.

Like children grown who came again
With little girls and boys,
Who brought with them a special joy
And filled the house with noise.

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Laury Hubrich 06/05/08
This is a very good poem. It flowed well. Awesome work!
Joanne Sher 06/06/08
Lovely piece. I adore the flow and message of this charming poem. :)
Beckie Stewart06/08/08
This was a well-written poem on the subject.
Beth LaBuff 06/09/08
I love the whole concept of "walls talking/and what they hear." You've captured many aspects of home activity in this heart-warming, well-written poem. I especially like the images of this, "Like children grown who came again -- With little girls and boys, -- Who brought with them a special joy -- And filled the house with noise." --since that is where our home seems to be at the present time. :)
Aaron Morrow06/10/08
Lovely work! Great poem laser-targeted to topic.
Betty Castleberry06/10/08
Wouldn't it be cool if walls really could talk? I like that idea, and I like this poem. The passage of time was well done, and the rhythm and rhyme near perfect. Thumbs up!
Debbie Wistrom06/11/08
Happy picture, happy poem, happy lives. Thanks for sharing.
Bryan Coomes06/11/08
I enjoyed this. Watching the progressions of both the house into the family home as well as the newlyweds into the welcoming grandparents enhanced the natural flow of the piece. I found myself with one spot of odd rhythm, but I’m not a poet and yes I do know it...lol
Mariane Holbrook06/11/08
Verna, this is so good and so typical of your writing! Your meter is always perfect and so is your rhyme. I love this poem and I hope you place high with it.
Sara Harricharan 06/11/08
Ah, indeed, if only the walls could talk, eh? I liked the last verse best of all. Great job, Verna! ^_^
Deborah Engle 06/11/08
Dee Yoder 06/12/08
Oh-so-lovely, as usual for you, Verna! You have a gift for poetry and it's always a joy to read. Love the concept and the verses in your poem.
Helen Dowd 07/22/08
Verna, this "If Walls Could Talk" is so packed full of energy and the essentials to making a happy home. If walls could talk, they would have plenty to say. They would say thank you for the wonderful memories you packed into a short, enjoyable poem. It says it all! No wonder you are in Masters...Thanks, by the way, for your encouraging comment on my challenge entry, Memory... It meant a lot...Helen