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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)

TITLE: Grown-up Faith
By Melanie Kerr
08/05/09


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I let another speak for me
And think somehow his words must be
More balanced, thoughtful, wise and true
My own, naďve and will not do

I let another set my mind
And follow in his footsteps blind
Refuse to measure, weigh each word
But swallow whole, the things I’ve heard

I let another tell me how
To choose those things I should allow
All actions labelled, nought to guess
All the “answers” I possess

I let another fix my gaze
A lens to see through worldly haze
A compass pointing always “true”
A formula to see me through

But when these “answers” will not fit
On formulae I cannot sit
What then? How will I win the day?
Or will I fall and fade away?

My faith, my own, “grown-up” must be
If I’m to sail the open sea
The time for milk has had its day
A time for growth now comes my way

My words, my thoughts, the way I feel
The man in me these things reveal
And so I choose to put away
The childish things of yesterday


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Verna Cole Mitchell 08/08/09
I like your reminder in verse that "grown-up faith" must be our own and comes from putting away childish things.
Brian Haugrud08/08/09
I liked it!! Very nice and put together well.
Connie Dixon08/11/09
Very nice, good flow. There is a lot of truth in your words. Good job!
Mona Purvis08/11/09
The "I let another" lines are so powerful. Showing peer pressure in its hold. This is a lovely poem with a strong message and so much truth. Worth savoring.
Mona
Deborah Engle 08/11/09
Wonderful job. This was easy to read and spoke to my heart.
Ada Nett08/11/09
Made me ponder myself and wonder just how much do I let others "think" for me?
Good job with deep ideas hidden below the surface words.
~Cathy~
Mariane Holbrook08/11/09
How beautiful! Nicely done, in fact, painstakingly done! Kudos, my friend!
Catrina Bradley 08/11/09
Lots of truth (the kind that hurts) in this poem.
Sara Harricharan 08/12/09
Some very thought-provoking lines and verses in this piece. Thank you for sharing.
Lisa Johnson 09/29/09
This poem is excellent in every way, from the rhyme, to the meter, to the message. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you, by the way for the very kind words about my poem.
Lisa