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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)

TITLE: A book in Invisible Ink
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I have a book inside my heart
About my married life.
The chapters all describe my years
Of living as a wife.

The binding of my little book
For fifty years together
Is strong because of love for God
And love for one another.

At first, I thought our days would be
Just billing and a cooing,
But he thought meals should be on time,
And then would come the wooing.

So I set out to learn to cook;
He hoped that I could do it.
Though some meals were a travesty,
We managed to live through it.

Who knew that just a little rice
Could grow to so much more,
Then bubble from the pot and stove
And spill upon the floor?

We prayed that we’d have children, and
God blessed us with a son,
And later sent a baby girl
To double work and fun.

The pages for our special days
Show joyful celebrations,
Of holidays with family
And pride-filled graduations.

We watched our children’s weddings to
Their mates God had intended.
Then grandkids added pleasure as
Our family was extended.

In times of work and times of play,
My husband’s been beside me,
He’s teased me, and he’s made me laugh,
But never failed to guide me.

In hours of joy or sadness or
Occasions I felt fear,
There was no other person that
I’d choose to hold me near.

We’ve seen the wonders of God’s world
In travel east to west,
And while their beauty we enjoyed,
The coming home was best.

The years flew by when kids were here;
Now we’re alone again
Still sharing times, both good and bad,
The way it’s always been

We’re happy in our golden years,
Yet still in memory,
I love the past that’s written in
My heart indelibly.

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Beth LaBuff 09/17/09
This is so beautifully written! Your message and your humor shine through. I could totally relate to the "meals on the time" with the two different expectations and loved the stanza about rice "growing". Love this!
Charla Diehl 09/18/09
Excellent ryhme, meter, flow and love wrapped up in this endearing poem. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this entry.
Loren T. Lowery09/18/09
So much to love about this reflective poem. One of my favorite lines:
"The years flew by when kids were here;
Now we’re alone again
Still sharing times, both good and bad,
The way it’s always been."
I like this because it is true, life is full of both good and bad and it is by sharing and staying together that makes it bearable with wonderful memories indelibly called to mind. Beautiful!

Allen Stark09/18/09
I am not a poetry expert, but I do know what moves me, and this poem did. It's amazing how well we can write when it's done from our own unique perspective.
Gregory Kane09/19/09
A pleasing read. Thanks for reminding us how marriage is meant to be.
Mona Purvis09/19/09
Rich and full. A formula for a happy life. Love the rice mention. I have a friend who cooked grits for the first time for new new husband. She asked him if he could eat a cup and she said she could. Well, you can imagine that mess.

Deborah Engle 09/19/09
Such sweet memories, and the poetry works perfectly. Fine job.
Betty Castleberry09/22/09
This is so precious. I especially love the last stanza.
You are a talented poet.
Mariane Holbrook 09/22/09
Such a good entry from an obviously talented word carpenter. Very good job! Kudos!
Shilo Goodson09/23/09
I enjoyed reading this. It creates a good picture of how life has progressed for them throughout their married years.
Ada Nett09/23/09
And yes, this is how it should end as the nest empties and life is reflected upon...my entry described the opposite...both describe true results from choices made...one happy and one sad...

I like your ending much better! Good writing!

Sarah Elisabeth 09/23/09
Beautiful, enjoyed it very much!
Catrina Bradley 09/23/09
I love the idea of reading the book inside my heart! Beautiful.
Chely Roach09/23/09
This was gorgeous, and the last line was perfection. Loved it...
Edy T Johnson 06/23/10
It is that intriguing title that caught my attention, dear Verna. I thought I might be heading for a mystery story! You make poetry writing look so easy, the way your rhythm and rhymes flow so perfectly (but, I know it really does take work). And, I am touched by your message, wrapping it up with the revelation that the book is your heart. I was going to wait for your Porch Incentive story to thank you for commenting on my entry, but couldn't wait. Besides, I'm long overdue to browse through your library of FW stories, anyway. Thank you, friend. I'm always glad to read your comments on my writing.