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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: A Celebration of the Answered Why's
By Jorge VanSlyke
11/12/05


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Plowing non-stop, the day seemed endless
Housework, office work, this work, and that work
Everyday is just regular clockwork for me
When they said that life is worth living
Itís probably just about the mechanics of breathing
Then in a flash I remembered some things

When I looked down at my little angel sleeping
I smiled in remembrance of the pain
The night she first screamed
I asked God then why I had to endure it
Only to realize later that itís all worth it.

I spent half my life drawing invisible patterns
In hospital walls as I lay panting
Fighting for breath while my asthmaís cart wheeling
Using my lungs as its own private gym
I asked God then why I had to suffer this
Only to realize that a warrior emerged from it
Now I was made to appreciate
Every breath, every move, in my current healthy state

Growing up was not so fun
With no extra cash to indulge on my wants
While others only had to point and pout
To get the latest fad
I asked God then why I had to live without
Only to realize how much I enjoy my clutter free life
I could go without and not even know it
For I learned to count the blessings and not whatís missing

Iíve known humiliation, had my share of loss
Dreams restrained, unrealized, woke me up in frustration
And when I asked God why Iím not good enough
I realized the wisdom of not expecting to win the lot
For my triumphs were all the more precious
Knowing Iíve conquered the odds
Victories were tempered with humility
For Iíve also learned that these things are temporary
And youíre only as good as your next entry

I got burned once, twice, too many times that I lost count
Crushed hopes, self-doubts, hard falls
I asked God then why it had to be me
Only to realize, hey, Iím still here standing upright
Scraped knees healed I see no scars
All thatís left is the strength in my heart
Confident with the knowledge that Iíll survive

I was startled from my musings
With the sudden downpour
Why, why, of all days why does it have to rain today?
When suddenly a rainbow peeked out of nowhere
Tired as I am, a smile began to quiver
Another question was answered
In His own special way


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Phyllis Inniss 11/14/05
Your poem is very philosophical and is surely a celebration. In each stanza you have emerged like the butterfly from its chrysalis. Well done.
B Brenton11/20/05
Wonderful! Wonderful! It's all true.
You captured beauty and bottled it.