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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)

TITLE: I am Your Child
By Lisa Johnson


I am Your Child…

I am your child…
I see the world through your eyes,
And ultimately my future lies
In the hands that hold me,
The words that scold me,
The hearts that mold me,
Into the person that I will become.

I am your child…
I’m like a lump of clay, essentially without form.
The more you work with me, the more pliable I become.
Gentle hands around me,
Strong hands under me,
Protective hands over me,
Shaping me until I have the strength with which to stand.

I am your child…
I’m like a piece of paper, blank, clean and white,
A permanent impression left by what you choose to write.
Words that encourage me,
Words that enlighten me,
Words that tell me of eternity,
Teaching me until I have the mind to understand.

I am your child…
I’m like a plate glass mirror that shines with your reflection.
The strong convictions in your heart are what give me my direction.
A heart full of integrity,
That loves me unconditionally,
And tunes my own heart spiritually,
Loving me until I’m grown enough to choose God’s plan.

I am your child…
I live what I learn; I learn what you teach.
Your life lived for Jesus puts Heaven in reach.
Shape me skillfully,
Teach me righteously,
Love me unfailingly,
Then, seeing Jesus in you, I’ll become a Godly man.

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Linda Wright09/11/09
This is a beautiful poem and a lovely tribute to your parents who brought you up with love, guidance and the knowledge of God. Thank God that He is able also to intervene in the lives of others who were not raised with such love and conviction! He can reach down into those lives by other means. But this poem shows His plan for parenting so beautifully! The pattern of rhyme was so interesting and well done. Great job! God bless you! Linda
Genia Gilbert09/14/09
I really like this. It says so much in a beautiful way.
Allen Stark09/16/09
Again, someone has written a beautiful piece that reminds me of what influence my paternal grandmother had on me. Beautifully written.
Carol Wiley09/16/09
Great reminder for parents on how important our example is.
Joy Faire Stewart09/17/09
Beautiful poem and beautifully written. Gratulations on you 1st place and your EC. Wonderful!
Joy Faire Stewart09/17/09
Should be "Congratulation!"
larry troxell 09/17/09
i know i'm not a poet so i can't compete in this particular arena. i take my hat off to you. i heard the message in your poem and that's most important.
Mary Lou Tiner09/17/09
Very nicely, done, Lisa.
I love poetry - writing and reading - and this was beautifully crafted with a great message. It reminded me of one of those great poems that often ends up framed in a child's room!! This is worthy of framing! Congratulations!
Danielle King 09/17/09
Oh what a well deserved 1st place. Truly inspired and beautifully written. All newborns should be clutching a copy of this in their tiny fists to pass on to mum and dad.
Sherrie Coronas09/17/09
The style of this poem is so unique - I really enjoyed it. Congratulations. Well deserved!!!
Beth LaBuff 09/17/09
Beautifully written. What a message! Congrats on your EC!
Francy Judge 09/17/09
I agree with Mary Lou - this is worthy of framing. Beautifully written. I'm glad to see it win.
Charla Diehl 09/17/09
Lisa, congratulations on your 1st place win with this touching poem. Each stanza impressed me more--yes, frame this one for all the children and parents in your family circle. Great work.
Charla Diehl 09/17/09
I also meant to say congrats on your placement in the EC section--well done!
Sharlyn Guthrie09/17/09
Congratulations on your EC! This poem is just beautiful. It flows well and contains much truth!
Catrina Bradley 09/17/09
The raw honest truth, convicting and beautifully presented. Congratulations on your EC! :)
Chely Roach09/17/09
Absolutely lovely. Congrats on your EC!
Bryan Rudolph09/18/09
So . . . stunning! Maybe . . . I should enrich myself and memorize it. Bryan. 18Sept09Fri
Melanie Kerr 09/29/09
I was one of the judges for this week. I thought your poem was wonderful. The structure was well considered and your choice of words was spot on. There were lines that I almost memorised. A well deserved win.