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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: Faith, Hope, and Transportation
By Linda Germain


I plan to board a steel-wrapped plane
With faith it stays within its lane
And once above the cloudy sky
The pilot knows just how to fly

And when I sleep in railroad cars
That zip beneath nights filled with stars
I’ve every hope I won’t derail
And topple down a hill or dale

The years I shifted cute imports
And then the soccer-mama sorts
It never seemed to bother me
The danger fraught with turn of key

I’ve swum where others lost their lives
And handled axes and sharp knives
I’ve run with scissors like a dope
And slid down every slip’ry slope

I’ve eaten sweets and had caffeine
Survived my childhood and my teens
Gave birth to one who bounced with joy
And though he’s grown, he’s still all boy

In all the things I must depend
And trust to be not foe, but friend
Without a blink or teensy doubt
There’s countless ways I step right out

When elevators heed my call
I never think how they might fall
Or if a rainstorm blows a gale
I do not worry over hail

The thought we’d have a Noah-flood
And end up with a home of mud
Does briefly flit across my brain
With news of others loss and pain

But then the sun comes out again
And danger stays what-might-have been
I take more trips on sea and street
And trust in all the odds I’ve beat

I know that God takes care of me
And is just Who He said He’d be
There’s nothing on this earth to kill
My soul, my spirit, or my will

The body is another thing
It creaks, it fails, it yearns for wings
Our only way to get around
Made up from dust--goes back to ground

We all are waiting for, “Who’s next?”
To see if God will tweet or text
Or touch us gently on the hand
Or send sweet angels in a band

Until I take that final trip
I will not jump…abandon ship
I’ll sail through storms with faith unchecked
And find those GREAT things I Expect


2 Corinthians 5:7 (NLV)

Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us.

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Edward Mrkvicka09/01/11
Lovely. Truly lovely.
C D Swanson 09/02/11
Beautifully done, and nice message. God Bless~
Sarah Heywood09/02/11
This could be my anthem - I love it! Just this week, while watching my son play football, I had another mother lean forward and tell me that she could never allow HER son to play because she'd be too afraid he'd get hurt. She was horrified then to learn that my son was out on the field - she thought I was there to watch the dance team! But I just laughed and told her it never really crossed my mind to worry about my son playing ball. Anyway - your poem reminded me of that.

I enjoyed this very much!
Lori Othouse 09/03/11
This is great! Humorous, but poignant. A great reminder of the faith we should have in a God who has seen us through so much already.
Linda Goergen09/05/11
Cute and fun poem with a great message – enjoyed!
Dolores Stohler09/07/11
Your poem flowed beautifully and with a great message: faith and trust. While never knowing what the future brings, we need to learn to trust with the faith of a child. "Fear not for I am with you" and He will be. I'm sure of that.
Janice Fitzpatrick09/08/11
Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on your win of this uplifting, encouraging piece. It is laced with a touch of humor-placed somewhere between the caboose and the engine, the cockpit and the wings, the "slippery slopes" and "the sea and street..."
I loved it all but one of my favorites is the last part-"Until I take that final trip
I will not jump…abandon ship
I’ll sail through storms with faith unchecked, And find those GREAT things I Expect."
Wonderfully written. God bless your writing and His message!
C D Swanson 09/08/11
Congrats on your "highly recommended place!" God Bless you~
Loren T. Lowery09/08/11
So many good lines in this poem. I especially liked: but then the sun comes out again. It seemed to set the tone of hope throughout the poetic message. The words to the song, "Something good gonna happen to me today" kept ringing through my mind. Thank-you for the pleasant thoughts. Congratulations on your EC.