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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)

TITLE: Touching Yesterday
By Francy Judge
08/12/10


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Today our sonís a man;
A graduate, we shake his hand.
His grip is firm and sure,
Young skin still smooth and pure.

Just yesterday was teenage years;
Only a nod in front of peers.
Too cool to hug his mom and dad
Who failed to follow current fads.

Just yesterday was elementary;
Sports provide the point of entry.
High fives for goals, hugs for first place,
Wiped sweat off a happy face.

Just yesterday kindergarten starts;
Crayon kisses for colored hearts,
Warm goodbyes whispered in ears,
Momís loving touch helped first day fears.

Just yesterday was preschool fun;
Held hands, sang rhymes, around we spun.
Pushed high on swings to tickle trees,
Healing kisses on scraped up knees.

Just yesterday was toddler trips
Around a table to hug momís hips.
Cuddle close Ďtil eyelids close,
Silk skin inspired peaceful prose.

Just yesterday was infant cries;
Warm nursing time before sunrise.
Heartbeats pressed, caressing fingers,
These moments passed, but love lingers.

Just yesterday you were a prayer;
A priceless jewel could not compare.
Butterflies fluttered in the womb
Until your presence filled the room.

Tomorrow you leave, on your own;
Weíll separate by two time zones.
A maple seed twirls free when blown;
Youíre Godís seed Heís gently sown.


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Melanie Kerr 08/12/10
I loved the contrast between the "Yesterdays" of the verses that traced back the history of the child and his parents, with the "tomorrow" os what would happen next. I thought your use of alliteration in some of the verses was good.
Charla Diehl 08/13/10
This sweet poem is such a reminder of how quickly time passes--a fact all parents deal with eventually. Good job with the rhyme, flow and message throughout.