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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Minute(s) (as in time) (03/03/11)

TITLE: The Next to the Last Minute
By Linda Germain
03/09/11


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What would I say--and to whom
Or what would they say to me
With minutes slipping like the sand…through the glass
When all that time in life I thought I had…is spent



Will I wish I’d cleaned more floors
Locked more doors, done more chores
Or will I cry from never saying what I meant to say…
Or even just exactly what I meant



Maybe there’s a way to make a case
For practicing the script I should have read,
Purely from my heart, and not my head
The one I meant to read instead…but somehow fell into a foolish hole



If we could interview the folks beyond that pale
In Heaven or in hell
About which precious minutes they’d redeem to fix that place they sadly erred
With stabs of sin which injured their…or someone else’s…fragile soul



Like finding money just in time
Would minutes here and there--erased and redesigned
Stop one crime, or save one dime, or help us toe a straighter line
Or make us suffer such remorse it’d change the source of one divorce



Not being metaphysical or lost
Inside an abstract study aimed to strain my brain at any cost
To prove some theory, relative or not, about the time I’ve tossed
I simply wonder how I’d claim those increments and tweak my course



And better yet, here’s what I know for sure
I can’t un-scramble eggs or un-ring bells or sanitize all things un-pure
Or redirect each mess I made or mend crushed hearts or be a cure
But as I live, still breathe, and think about the past and all the foolish waste



I realize I cannot mourn the might-have-beens
Or delete the consequence of sins
Or fix some unknown pain to kin or friends
But for all that…and just a speck of wisdom now in place



I pray I've learned and discerned
And turned about-to-face
With Grace
The minutes left to run my nearly-finished race
____


Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.



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Edward Mrkvicka03/11/11
As one who is in the later stage of life, I can tell those younger that this entry has so very much to offer to those who will listen. At first we have forever, then we blink, and it’s time to go home. “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:” (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
Bonnie Bowden03/11/11
We really can't undo what we've done or do what we haven't done after the end.

Good insight and discernment.
BethMcLendonMiller McLendon-Miller03/17/11
This is......JUST GREAT!