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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: Doing OK
By Melanie Kerr
05/19/09


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Before I came
You’d like to think
Your life wasn’t so bad
And it wasn’t
Not by your standards

After all
You didn’t lie…often
You didn’t steal…much
You didn’t kill…except for spiders
You didn’t covet…that much

All in all
I would agree
Your life wasn’t so bad
It really wasn’t
Not by your standards

But the problem with your standards is
Sometimes they ask too much
Often they ask too little
Always they lead you nowhere you want to go and
They’re not Mine

After I came
You’d like to think
Your life is possibly a lot worse
And it might be
By your standards

After all
Truth cuts down to the bone
Trust is the only key that opens the storehouses of heaven
A hand outstretched to give love sometimes gets nailed to a cross
And no one else has what you need

I have to say
I disagree that
Your life is possibly a lot worse
It really isn’t
Not by My standards

The special thing about my standards is
I never ask without equipping
I never direct without walking beside you
And sometimes I just never ask at all
And all the while I lead you closer to Me

My standards
Are not really about you at all
But about Me
And My covenant commitment
To be all that I am
For you

By My standards
We’re doing OK


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Loren T. Lowery05/21/09
Well written and thought provoking. I really liked your title, it says a lot about the true temperance of the poem.
Emily Gibson05/23/09
very profound and I liked the style with which you deliver the message
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/23/09
I liked the whole poem, but I was really captivated by the encouraging verse of "His standards."
Patricia Herchenroether05/23/09
A nice, thoughtful piece. Thank you-loved the last part.
Debbie Roome 05/23/09
Easy to read and a good message.
Pat Guy 05/24/09
Excellent Free Verse! Loved it ... just loved it!