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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: Bookish
By Benjamin Graber


Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing. – Anais Nin

I longed to write a ballad, Dear,
A living tapestry,
Where two hearts blend as one
As love should choose to weave;

And so I gave my heart, a gift
For you to always prize—
You treat it like a favorite book
To read when you should please!

You skim it like a luring novel
With interest in the tale,
Accepting all the love I offer
Like letters in the mail;

And then you put me on the shelf
When I don’t fit your mood,
Or leave me lying on the floor
When you see fit to brood!

A book to revel in, at times,
A book to put away,
An instrument to sing for you
If you should want to play—

And when you have grown tired
Of love that I supply,
You walk down to the library,
And I am left to die.

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Author Unknown06/10/10
I liked this take on the topic. It made me smile. Those dear scorned lovers we toy with.

I loved the quote, it's beautiful. I loved the poem, it's beautiful. But I'm not sure if it was a must to include the two together. I think your poem speaks boldly on its own.

Nice job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/10/10
Wow wow and wow. You said so much in so few words. I can totally relate to the voice in this piece. I hope you'll be able to share it with everyone who needs to read it.
Maria Egilsson06/11/10
This is beautiful and sad. In a few short words you elicit deep emotions in the reader. These are words everyone should read, heed and take to heart.

Poignant, timely and a message for all.
Brenda Shipman 06/11/10
I really like the creative way you expressed such vivid emotions here. I do agree that the quote is great, but your words were greater and can stand alone. Nice job!
Phee Paradise 06/16/10
Beautiful. The imagery is so vivid ... and so sad. Even though I love books, I don't want to be loved that way.
Micheline Murray06/16/10
This hit me in a different way, not only romantic love, but how we treat all those that we are called to love. Family members, neighbors, etc. Do we take what we need, then put them on the shelf when we're done? REALLY like your entry!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/16/10
I like how you made a complex subject simple with your beautifully written analogy.
Karen Laskowsky06/16/10
Since this is on a Christian site, I came away wondering if that is not at times the way I treat my relationship with God. Our spiritual lives seem to go through stages - at least mine does.
Convicting. Ouch! Nicely put.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/16/10
My first thoughts were how this is a picture of Hosea - so - yeah - conviction! Thanks for that! LOL
Really wonderful
Sarah Elisabeth 06/16/10
What a simple, yet deep - or funny - poem! Loved it. I think the book will find new love at the library though :-)
Sarah Elisabeth 06/16/10
Oops, sorry, I misread the first time. It was a little too deep for my drifting mind today! Glad I read it a second time - wow, what a parallel. Awesome job with how you tied into the topic. Excellent overall!
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
Wow. Lovely. Powerful. Convicting. I'm out of adjectives. Just wonderful.
Amanda Brogan06/17/10
I like how you tied your poem in with the quote at the beginning -- nice effect! This is a bitter-sweet ballad that really makes you stop and think. How sad that so many people let something as beautiful as love die when things get tough. May we, as Christians, choose to rise up and love in a Christ-like manner ... with an unconditional love.

Wonderfully flowing poetry as usual. ;)
Betty Castleberry08/05/10
I *really* did like this. Would never have thought to compare love to a book. Well done.
Seema Bagai 08/05/10
Very creative. I liked the layers of meaning in this poem. Well done.
Shirley McClay 08/05/10
Wow.. this is powerful. And beautifully done. Just... wow!