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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: The Eternal Optimist
By Verna Cole Mitchell


What could I do? The deadline loomed.
With no work done, my job was doomed.

I’d started out the morning right
When in God’s Word I took delight,

Then piddled through the livelong day
And frittered all the hours away.

I went for coffee with some friends,
Discussing news and latest trends;

Played Scrabble on the internet
To see how many points I’d get.

I read a most intriguing book,
At crossword puzzle, had a look,

And then for something else to do,
I worked Sudoku puzzles through.

Had lunch of salad with some soup,
Before I met my writing group.

With meeting over, I went shopping,
Got all I needed, never stopping.

Came home to lie down for a rest
In quiet of our empty nest.

And then that special man of mine,
My husband, took me out to dine.

We thought to watch a TV show;
There wasn’t much of interest though.

At last, I settled down to write;
Alas, my mind was blank tonight.
- - - - - - - - - -
Still here I sit, my column due,
Of what to say, I’ve not a clue.

Although my challenge is not met,
I shall not fear; I’ll get it yet…maybe tomorrow.

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Joanne Sher 06/17/10
What were you doing in my head, eh? (though I sure can't write poetry like this) I think a LOT of us can relate to this one. This one seemed like it was fun to write.
Ruth Clowater06/19/10
Besides our faith in Jesus Christ, we are all connected by the procrastination gene. Nice poem!
Beth LaBuff 06/19/10
I enjoyed tagging along with you on this day. I especially enjoyed the coffee, the Scrabble, and the shopping. :) I'm sorry you couldn't finish writing your column. :) [Your ending stanza is perfect… with your added words. ]
Barbara Lynn Culler06/19/10
Good one! Even I, as a beginner writter, can procrastinate with the best of the Masters!
Yvonne Blake 06/19/10
I felt like I was skipping through the day with you...doing the same things. Well done!
Catrina Bradley 06/20/10
Sounds like this poet had a great day, all except for getting to the writing part of it, that is. Love the last words! :)
Connie Dixon06/20/10
Fun poem and a great day. There's always tomorrow!
Ann Grover06/20/10
Isn't it wonderful to have "tomorrow," the hope and redemption of every procrastinator? I could identify with the speaker.
Susan Montaperto06/20/10
Yes, tomorrow is always there. Your day sounded so enjoyable. Thanks for sharing your day and writer's challenges. Keep writing.
mick dawson06/20/10
Hope it doesn't happen too often.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/10
Very nice and light. I especially enjoyed the last line.
Colin Swann06/21/10
We all deserve a day off even if there is a deadline to be met. Loved the sardonic humour here. A fun write!
Debbie Roome 06/21/10
I've had days like this :) Very well written with a good message in the humour.
Carol Slider 06/23/10
Ah, procrastination... it's what binds us all together as one. :) So well stated and so true! Good job.
Edmond Ng 06/24/10
I like the way you wrote this piece! It flows well and gives very smooth reading. Procrastination and a little lack of inspiration usually have us writers restless. You've conveyed this message in your poem very well. It's certainly a precarious behavior that can cost us our jobs as writers!