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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Patience (08/21/08)

TITLE: A Patient Love
By Melanie Kerr
08/27/08


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I didn’t want to marry you
I knew what you’d become
I didn’t want to care for you
Or to your charms succumb

I didn’t want to love you
And have you walk away
I didn’t want to give my heart
And know you would betray

I married you and cared for you
I loved and gave my heart
Despite the knowledge that one day
You’d tear my life apart

God told me it would be this way
Unfaithful you would be
Our marriage was to mirror Israel’s
Infidelity

You turned to other lovers for
The things that they could give
Sold your soul for baubles thinking
“These, I need, to live.”

I didn’t want to let you go
But you refused to stay
You packed a few belongings
And left one summer’s day

It seemed that every day I heard
Another lurid tale
As if I somehow needed to
Hear every sad detail

Through all the days, the months, the years
I waited patiently
I’d smell your fragrance in our house
Your image often see

I waited for the time when you
Would see with opened eyes
The life you’d built was nothing but
A flimsy web of lies

The day arrived, God spoke a word
To find and reclaim you
To pay the price to bring you home
And feel love burst anew

God’s promise to his people is
A love that will endure
That one day He will claim them back
Of this we can be sure

There’s healing and forgiveness
A strong and warm embrace
A patient love engraved upon
A smiling, tender face





Based on the book of Hosea


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/29/08
You summarized Hosea beautifully in your poem.
Patricia Turner08/31/08
I like your picture of God's patient endurance.
Dee Yoder 08/31/08
Love each and every well-placed word! Very lovely and descriptive.
Sharlyn Guthrie09/01/08
What a beautiful, absolutely perfect summation of the message of Hosea. Exxcellent!
Betsy Markman09/01/08
A wonderful idea for the topic, and well executed.
Glynis Becker 09/01/08
The poem flowed so nicely and was a wonderful take on the topic. Great job.
Catrina Bradley 09/01/08
Super! At first I wondered why in the world this person would marry the one in question at all, but then I realized who I must be reading about and it made me appreciate the book of Hosea, and God's love and patience, all the more. Love it.
Valarie Sullivan09/02/08
I normally dont do poetry, but while moving the cursor to hit the 'back' button, your words caught my eye. And I couldnt stop reading! Excellent work!