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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Elephant in the Room (12/05/13)

TITLE: The Quarrel
By Verna Cole Mitchell
12/10/13


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It was Christmas time at the Michaels,
But their house was filled with gloom.
They had no joy or peace to share
In the quiet living room.

She knew she should apologize
For the angry words she’d said.
Still she tiptoed past the elephant
And watched TV instead.

Pretending to read the paper,
He sat in his usual chair.
He ignored the giant elephant
As if it weren’t there.

For his words, too, had been unkind
In the quarrel that they’d had.
Remembering their argument
Made both of them feel sad.

It was such a little matter
To have had a fuss about—
Not worth the cruel remarks they’d made
Or even a childish pout.

They’d differed on the kind of lights
To decorate the tree.
He’d wanted varied colored ones,
But she would not agree.

Her eyes lit on the mantel crèche,
And his eyes did the same.
It was in that very instant
That both were filled with shame.

“We’ve missed the meaning of Christmas, Dear,”
She heard him softly say.
Then they kissed with sweet forgiveness
While the elephant slipped away.


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Rachel Malcolm 12/12/13
I loved reading this piece! Very well done.
Beth LaBuff 12/13/13
Excellent! I love this and how it delightfully fits the topic. And that old elephant, I'm glad he left. LOL! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/13/13
I delighted in this introspective poem. Oh how I can relate. For some reason I allow the stress and worry of this time of year be the center of my thoughts. Your beautifully placed words remind me of what is most important and I've been blessed by your words.
Linda Goergen12/14/13
Oh this poem is excellent, such a powerful and true message! Far too many times the stress and preparation for Christmas can overshadow the true meaning! Well done!
Judith Gayle Smith12/17/13
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Jack Taylor 12/17/13
An all too familiar setting captured in a gentle rhythm that gets our eyes refocused where they should be. Well done.
Anne Warden 12/17/13
Forgiveness is the key to making the elephant leave . . . every time.

Thank you for this well=written, beautiful poem.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/20/13
Congratulations on ranking 11 overall!
Toni Babcock 01/07/14
I love this poignant and relevant poem and message!