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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: The Jumper
By Christine Gaudin
07/06/09


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The Jumper

Mum knitted me a jumper
When I was just a teen.
It's always been a favourite
The best I've ever seen.

The background's black and shiny,
With yellow zig-zag lines.
The bands are snug and wide
And the whole thing really shines.

It's made of wool so cuddly
And fits just as it should.
I always love to wear it,
It makes me feel so good.

When it was new I wore it
As a statement full of pride,
And as a cosy blanket
When it was cold outside.

It stretched when I was pregnant
With children, one, two, three,
So it would amply cover
That growing part of me.

I wore it to work often
Like a signature of me.
A one-off special garment
For everyone to see.

Now my jumper's old
Its cuffs are frayed and rough,
And I wear it in the garden
Or doing housework stuff.

I suppose you'd have to say
That it is past its best,
But I treasure it as always
For it has passed the test.

It has kept me warm in winter
And washed up good as new.
It's still the same old jumper
That still has work to do.

God knitted me together
Inside my mother's womb
And saved me in His mercy
When His Son rose from the tomb.

I think I'm like that jumper
Precious in God's sight,
Moving from task to task
When the timing's right.

And as I grow old and weary
And live the twilight years
I still have a purpose
In the love of God who cares.


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Jim McWhinnie 07/09/09
Cute poem.

It would be a wonderful contribution to publication catering to girls.

The rhyme and rhythm were so tight that when on the few occasions it was just a shade off, it was a bit jarring ... i.e. the last verse ...
Rebecca O'Connor07/10/09
Loved the spunky jump to this rhyme and especially the analogy of the jumper to the human condition of aging. Nice work!