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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Blue Marker
By Benjamin Graber
01/10/11


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For those who live in a marriage without love

I stare at the moon and wait,

Daring to hope that maybe
Iíve earned enough chips
To cash in for love.

I know the odds,

Iíve calculated them over
And over again:

Once in a blue moon,
If Iím lucky.

Once in a blue moon
Iíll be good enough
To win a tiny one-scoop dish
Of love.

Iíve sat here and watched the moon
Night by night,
And I must confess:

Iíve never seen the moon turn blue.

And yet I continue to wait,
Dreaming that someday Iíll see
The forbidden hue
Of blue.

Ha! I laugh at my insanity;
Why do I wait

Again?

Why do I dare to hope,

Knowing that the moon
Isnít blue?
Iím not good enough,
And never will be.

If love must be bought,
Iíll never earn enough
To purchase it.

Instead, Iíll wait here,
Staring at the sky,

Wishing that I had a blue marker
To color the moon.


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Sarah Heywood01/13/11
How sad. I really liked the wistful tone of this piece, though. I hope your MC finds happiness - or learns to lean on the arms of the One Who will always accept her for the person that she is. Good writing!
Lynda Schultz 01/15/11
This is a wonderful piece. It reflects the anguish of many, I'm sure. I, too, pray that those who feel this kind of pain find the unconditional and unlimited love that only an intimate relationship with God can bring to the human heartóno human love, however good, can touch it. Great writing.
Sydney Avey01/16/11
I love the title and the the ending. Indeed, what can she do to color her moon?
Mariane Holbrook01/17/11
Very, very nice job. You deserve big time kudos for this one!
Beth Muehlhausen01/17/11
The longing oozes out of this...I can feel it...and without a blue marker the only other option is HOPE. :-)
Carol Penhorwood 01/20/11
All I can say is, WOW!
Henry Clemmons01/20/11
Benjamin,

I really liked this. I missed the opening line of italics on first read. That truly made the poem. I loved the voice, your execution, and tempo. This one might not have resonnated with the judges, but it gets a ribbon from me. Congrats!!!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/11
The emotion in this poem pulled at my heart.Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and the top 30 overall!