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

TITLE: With Words She Painted
By Charla Diehl
12/11/13


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Sickness had its deathly grip on one beautiful and too young
She couldnít give in, no--not yet--there was a song to be sung

Eyes would dart, heads would turn; friends dared not admit her pain
As if by the ignoring, it would evaporate like rain

Some felt downright guilty enjoying their great health
While others came to realize thereís many forms of wealth

Christmas choirs rehearsed but Lairenís voice was truly missed
From her bed she wrote intently--words that helped paint heavenís bliss

This eve of Christmas glistened white as choir members took their chairs
When frail Lairen was ushered in, gasping breaths matched saddened stares

The church glowed with candle lights; her twinkling eyes and voice were lifting
God gave to her requested strength to sing praises of His gifting

Ivory keys played cheerful notes that danced with jubilation
Lyrics burst forth with excitement for her upcoming graduation

Lairenís song then softly hushed like snowflakes beyond the panes
She sang about the Christ childís birth and what she soon would gain

Piano notes were accompanied by a trumpetís stunning tune
Hearts began rejoicing--realizing her victory now, not doom

Though dying she was nourished by friends who feared for her no more
They came and stayed by her side till she entered heavenís door


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/13/13
Wow! This is stunning. Every word has a distinct purpose. It's perfect take on the topic and left me with goosebumps.
Linda Goergen12/14/13
Just wonderfully done, powerful and packed with emotion! Her words/your words, masterfully painted sadness turned to beauty!
Judith Gayle Smith12/17/13
This will bring many to tears - for many reasons. Beautiful . . .

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Judith Gayle Smith12/19/13
Exquisite, heartwarming! Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

Love & Hugs in, through and because of Jesus, the Christ,

Judi Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV
Anne Warden 12/19/13
Charla, your poem has left me in tears. Both as an oncology nurse who has cared for so many dying patients and as a cancer survivor myself, your words hit me hard. I felt every nuance deep in my soul.

You have a gift from God. With words you painted - a picture so profound it gives me goosebumps. Receiving a spot in Editor's Choice is well-deserved.
Bea Edwards 01/07/14
Oh just stunning in its simplicity of complexity.

So much illustrated in so few words.
You did an amazing job picking each and every one for maximum impact. Loved it!