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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest (not about the play) (08/04/11)

TITLE: The Earnestness I Seek
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/07/11


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See her there,
the tiny girl in the toy store,
giant tears rolling down
her chubby cheeks,
as she begs her mother to buy the doll,
the one that closes its eyes
and cries ďMama.Ē
Thatís the kind of earnestness I seek.

See him there,
the teen-ager in the batterís box,
who yearns to make a homerun,
his eyes focused,
his every muscle straining,
as the pitcher
throws a fast ball.
Thatís the kind of earnestness I seek.

See her there,
the mother,
eyes brimming with love,
pleading with her daughter
to turn from her wild ways
and become the godly woman
that she and her husband
had hoped she would
since the day she was born.
Thatís the kind of earnestness I seek.

See him there,
the young man, so deeply in love,
down on one knee,
asking the girl he adores
to be his wife.
Hear the tenderness in his voice
as he promises to care for her
for all their lives.
Thatís the kind of earnestness I seek.

As to the earnestness of the politician,
tirelessly pursuing votes;
of the minister, burdened for souls,
making an altar call;
of the discouraged one, long out of work,
looking for a job,
I need it;
I want it;
I must have it.
I seek it with all my heart,
as I go to my Lord in prayer,
to offer gratitude and praise for His greatness,
and to place my petitions before Him:
for salvation of the lost. . .
for our church, our community, our nation, our world. . .
for the needy, the suffering , the sorrowing. . .
for strength and guidance for me to serve as His disciple.


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Francy Judge 08/12/11
Amen. We should all desire this kind of earnestness. Nice work.
CD Swanson 08/13/11
Beautifully said. Good job of bringing each "emotional event" to life as you tied it to the subject at hand. God bless you~
Andrea Willard08/13/11
I need it; I want it; I must have it. I seek it with all my heart. Those two sentence spoke my heart. Wonderful poem.
Linda Goergen08/16/11
Beautifully and wonderfully said and shone with powerful images, that earnest desire to please and serve God! Well done! A blessing to read!
Mona Purvis08/17/11
You've painted such wonderful word pictures and you do it so effortlessly.
It's my heart's desire as well. Love this piece.
mona
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/20/11
This really tugged at my heart for I too am seeking that kind of earnestness.

Congratulations for placing 11th in Masters and 16th overall.