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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: The Minutes Rush By
By Carol Penhorwood


Her nose in the pages,
“I'll take a quick look,”
But soon she is grabbed
By the words in the book.

A quick rush to the heart
Or a leap to the brain,
And soon she is finding
She cannot refrain.

Later and later
The minutes rush by,
Caught in the pages
The hours just fly.

The toast has been burned
And the lunch she forgot,
Caught up in the tension
Of this well drawn out plot.

The phone goes unanswered,
To voice mail it goes,
And any appointment
Will find a “no show”.

The kids are now rushing
From school in the door,
But over the pages
The nose knows no more.

The husband so weary,
Arrives from his work,
The reader keeps reading...
He does the housework.

The dinner long eaten,
The plates have been cleaned,
The kids have been tended,
And homework all screened.

Later and later
The minutes rush by,
Caught in the pages
The hours just fly.

The home is soon snoring
And quiet returns,
The nose in the book
All the pages still turn.

The sun's gone to bed
And the moon rises high,
Later and later
The minutes rush by.

The dawn has awakened,
The birds start to sing
And still the words written
Emotions can wring.

The kids are just stirring,
A new day begun,
The heart has been fed,
This new tale well spun.

The plot now once ended
The senses return,
The nose has been lifted,
The last page been turned.

The eyes have grown droopy,
The lids at half mast,
“Mom time” now behind her
She's back “home” at last.

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Brenda Shipman 04/22/10
I am smiling all over the place right now after reading this. Excellent! Terrific description of what it means to get lost in a good book. Bravo! May you be blessed with many more of these "mom times".
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/24/10
You vividly described how easy it is to get lost in a good book.
Virgil Youngblood 04/27/10
Ahhh! The only thing this story needs is some munchies. What fun, to be lost in a good book.
AnneRene' Capp04/27/10
I LOVED this! Especially, "the heart now fed". I saw myself in all of this and it had a rhythm that made it fun to read as well. (btw)...am enjoying my "mom" time right now, reading this. :)
Beth LaBuff 04/27/10
oh wow, what fun this was to read! I love this phrase, "The lids at half mast." I think I've done this a time or too. :) Great meter, rhyme, and story! (as usual!)
Loren T. Lowery04/28/10
Isn't that the truth - at least for some books. This was a great, fun and entertaining way to illustrate how captivating words on paper can be. Wonderful job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/28/10
Great job here of describing a book lover. (I saw myself!)
Sarah Elisabeth 04/28/10
haha, now this is what I think of with "the reader"! lol, incredibly delightly, all writers and readers can relate. Awesome job!
Ruth Stromquist04/29/10
Really fun to read. The rhythm and the word use was so perfect throughout that it just lifted me and made me feel like almost singing in response. It reminded me so much of days in my teen age years, when I'd start a book around the afternoon, and end up reading it straight through, all night long.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 40 over-all and in the top 15 of your level. Good job!
Gregory Kane05/11/10
I thought this was a delightful poem. Not deep and ponderous, but lots of fun with an excellent plot development. Too many poems don't go anywhere - yours took us to a place that many of us have certainly visited. Well done.