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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Tree (10/09/08)

TITLE: Come Husband Dear
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Come, Husband dear, close to me here,
Beside our Christmas tree.
Remember with me what we’ve shared
And what our hope will be.

How beautiful these branches are;
So brightly are they dressed,
Reminding us how through the years
Our marriage has been blessed.

The shiny apples on the limbs
Give reason to recall
That every need our God’s supplied,
Oft’ times before we’d call.

The angel at the very top
Is symbol of the way
God sent his angels to provide
Protection through each day.

The lights illuminate the room,
But they can in nowise
Surpass the glow that we would see
In our dear children’s eyes.

I treasure special ornaments
From friends and family,
And souvenirs from trips we took
You gave as gifts to me.

The golden rope that glitters as
It circles round the tree
Is emblematic of our hope
For all eternity.

Now, Husband mine, you’ve listened well
To all the words I’ve spoken.
To represent my love for you,
I’ll give a kiss for token.

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Hannah Hunter10/17/08
I enjoyed the memories you shared.
Glynis Becker10/17/08
You've created a beautiful moment in a few short lines. Well done!
Laury Hubrich 10/19/08
Oh my, I love this. What a great present it would be to your dear husband for Christmas.
Yvonne Blake 10/19/08
So romantic and beautiful! I like how each thing symbolized something of your home and marriage.
T. F. Chezum10/19/08
I like this poet view of such special memories ... great job.
Celeste Ammirata10/19/08
How lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. You made me smile. Thank you for sharing.
Sheri Gordon10/19/08
Oh, this is so sweet. Beautiful word picture.
Ellen Dodson10/19/08
So romantic!!! I like the intimacy of this, but it almost made me feel like I was listening in on a very private exchange. What a tribute to God, committed marriages, and the Christmas tree.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge10/20/08
Beautifully done. It stirred many memories of first kisses after decorating the yearly Christmas tree. Angel
Charla Diehl 10/21/08
Beautifully written and loved the symbolism throughout. Great piece.
Dee Yoder 10/22/08
Beautiful sentiments in this poem, Verna, and it is so true to life...I love to examine every branch of our tree and each ornament is very full of memories and love. It's one of my favorite things to do...gaze at the tree and remember all those special moments through the years.
Beth LaBuff 10/22/08
I love the comfortableness and security of their marriage and the reflection of their lives together found in their Christmas tree. A favorite line, is about the lights illuminating the room…but they can't surpass the glow from their children's eyes. I smiled at the token kiss. :)
Joanne Sher 10/22/08
Oh, so lovely! This feels so intimate, so personal. I love it.
Karlene Jacobsen10/22/08
What can I say? This is lovely.
Chely Roach10/22/08
What an sweet and subtly intimate poem you have here. Great imagery. Wonderful.
Leah Nichols 10/23/08
Pleasant, and reads very well. Excellent poetry!
Linda Watson Owen10/24/08
Verna, dear friend, I thought I had commented on this darling and precious poem, but in revisiting it I don't see one from me! I love this poem! It is so warm and personal and says so much that every blessed married couple can say 'Amen' to. I will have another reason to smile now as I enjoy our own tree this Christmas. Thank you!