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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: Rockin' Chair Prayer
By Lisa Johnson
01/23/11


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Rockin' Chair Prayer


Dear Lord, I reckon You could say I'm gettin' up in years.
My eyesight ain't so good no more, and sometimes I cain't hear.
At times, I plumb fergit what I was just fixin' to say,
And these old bones get tuckered out and need to sleep all day.

My mind it takes to wanderin' way back to yesteryear,
I recollect the moments spent with loved ones I held dear.
I learnt to sew with Granny at the Baptist Quiltin' Bee,
And first heard tell of Jesus at my dear, old Pappy's knee.

I loved a listenin' to the rain fall gentle on the eaves,
I'd fall asleep to Mama singin' “Bringing in the Sheaves.”
The years they passed, and I become a woman, fully grown,
And then, Dear Lord, You blessed me with a family of my own.

I lost my husband, Robert, in a battle far away,
You stayed right smack beside me, all I had to do was pray.
When raisin' young'uns by myself, I never felt alone,
With lots of love, and lots of prayers, our house was always “home.”

Children, grands and great-grands are the best part of my story,
Thank God, I know each one of them will be with me in Glory.
Fer shore, I never thought how fast the years would come and go,
Or how Your hand would guide me through the joys and trials I'd know.

I may be up in years, but I ain't scairt of earthly harms,
Not whilst I'm leaning heavy on your everlastin' arms.
These days, I mostly sit in this old rockin' chair and pray,
And think on Heaven, where a thousand years is like a day.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Inspired by Psalm 126:6, “Bringing in the Sheaves” was written in 1874 by Knowles Shaw.

Reference:
II Peter 3:8


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Carol Penhorwood 01/27/11
I suspect we have a winner here! I loved the MC's voice, but maybe that's because I can so relate!
Mona Purvis01/28/11
I just love her take on life. Sounds like she knows what is really important.
Great writing and refreshing poetry with the sweetest voice.
Brenda Rice 01/28/11
One of my favorites so far. Great story, well written and the poem flowed just right. Your MC is most engaging. Thanks.
Rikki Akeo01/29/11
Excellent!
I know that song, I believe, because of Little House on the Prairie!

Fine work here!
Tracy Nunes 01/30/11
Loved this!
Lisa Fowler02/01/11
Enjoyed this and understood the dialect. Thank you for teaching us how it's done.
Charla Diehl 02/01/11
I loved the rhythm of this poem. I could hear the Granny's accent as the rocking chair creaked along with her heartfelt and grateful words. Yeah, this was truly an enjoyable read.
Noel Mitaxa 02/02/11
You've captured the pains and simple pleasures of life within your MC's simple faith and wisdom. And yes, you've given the rocking chair a voice within the rhythm. Well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/03/11
Congratulations for placing 12th in Masters and 13th overall!