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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: The Perfect Poem
By Benjamin Graber
05/04/10


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My brain is rather like my desk,
With papers scattered all about;
Half-ordered blends with bewilderment,
And things that matter with things that don’t—

I have some poems printed primly,
And some are scribbled on small scraps;
The search for each can be a nightmare,
But worth the trouble in the end!

I navigate the labyrinth
That I may find a prize to claim—
With hope to bless another heart
I search my mind for gems to mine…

If this was a mission for myself
I think I’d settle for a crumb,
But I am searching for a jewel
To bring a little love to some!

What do I seek? The perfect thesis?
A poem to stun the multitudes?
Nay, just a scrap with words of grace,
To bring the sun to a darkened heart—

I sort the papers on my desk
And won’t be done until I have
The perfect treasure that I seek,
And I’ve found the one that God has touched.


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Beth LaBuff 05/07/10
This "Perfect Poem" beautifully states the poet's heart and "mission. "If this was a mission for myself -- I think I’d settle for a crumb, -- But I am searching for a jewel - To bring a little love to some!" Nice work AND message!
Jan Ackerson 05/08/10
I really enjoy the comparison of your brain to a messy desk--what a great image!

This isn't a WRONG thing, just an adjustment that I had to make--the metered quatrains made me expect a rhyming poem, and my brain kept looking for a rhyme.

I'm willing to bet that you've got that perfect poem somewhere in your 'desk'--I hope to read it some day! This is very well done.
Mildred Sheldon05/10/10
Thank you for the perfect poem. Your desk sounds like mine and by chance if I find a gem I give God the glory.