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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)

TITLE: Turning Pages
By Francy Judge
01/09/14


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Little fingers wiggle,
Tickle my hands,
As I turn the pages
To “Goodnight Moon.”
A gurgle, a hiccup, a yawn;
The moon, just as swollen as the one on the page,
Rests, high outside the baby blue checked curtains,
Suggests a story be told.
Lights off, I kiss his forehead
That glows in the moonlight.

Little fingers point
To the scariest of all
As I turn the pages
Of “Where the Wild Things Are.”
His legs bounce until
They can’t be stopped,
And he jumps to the floor
To show me his wildest monster dance;
A roar, a growl, a giggle.
“The moon is turning me into a werewolf,”
He says.
“Ooh…you better run to dreamland
Where it’s safe.”
Lights off,
I kiss his forehead that peaks out
From under a Cookie Monster quilt.

He balances the book
On bent knees,
Tucked toward his chest,
And turns the pages of
“The Graduation of Jake Moon.”
As I listen to him read,
We laugh at the funny scenes
We can see like a film;
He laughs as I dab my watery eyes
At the end of the chapter;
But it is a sad story
And deserves tears.
Lights off,
I kiss his forehead,
Hidden under too long bangs,
Like parting weeping willow branches.
Heavy eyelids beg to stay open
But the room is dark
In the moon’s crescent light,
So I kiss his warm forehead,
Thankful for the moment.

Overnight, it seems,
Monster-size feet criss-cross
On the old oak coffee table
In between a monster-size glass of milk
And Oreos.
“The Outsiders” is open,
His favorite.
The moon will sleep before my son,
So I sail blown kisses
Over the cover
And wish him goodnight.
Goodnight Son.

I save the books
That can’t be saved forever
To hold the moments
Before the end of days.

********

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great shall be their peace.
Isaiah 54:13 NIV


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Verna Cole Mitchell 01/09/14
A really sweet poem--this takes me back to memories of my own son when he was just a boy.
Linda Goergen01/09/14
Heart touching read! What precious books our internal cherished memories are! Ones we can look at again and again and enjoy them more with each look! Enjoyed—Well done!
Jan Ackerson 01/10/14
I’d love to have your input into the free writing lessons available on the FaithWriters forums. This week’s lesson is on writing devotionals, and next week will cover writing on topic for the weekly challenge. Look for it at http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67, or if you’re on Facebook, you can “like” Faithwriters Writing Lessons.
CD Swanson 01/11/14
Beautiful and touching. Brought a flood of memories of my dad reading me bedtime stories. Thank you.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/11/14
Ahh what a novel idea. I so enjoyed the journey through the books. Each one was suited for a particular age. Oh they grow so fast. You've likely spotted this by now, but peaked should be peeked. The ending was perfect and I could almost see myself reading to my kids when they were little and it's one of the things I miss most. Thank you for reminding me that the memories will stay always in my heart.
Carolyn Ancell01/14/14
Love the title, fits the turning leaves of the years. Love the progressions of books, growing child, moon scenes, etc. Love it all. So well crafted.
CD Swanson 01/16/14
Congratulations!

God bless~
Judith Gayle Smith01/16/14
Adorable. I joyously cuddled right in there with you, guzzling the milk and devouring the Oreos!

Thank you for your heart and congratulations!
Hugs in, through and because of Him. Judi
Hebrews 10:26-31 KJV
Margaret Kearley 01/17/14
A beautiful journey of memories. This is so lovely and resounds with a bit of an ache to all parents I think. Thank you for the wonderful reminder of Isaiah 54:13.
Charla Diehl 01/17/14
Sweet, precious, and heart-warming memories are now swirling in my mind of reading to my kids/grandkids and even now a great-grandchild.
This piece makes me want to curl under the covers and read to a little one right now. So glad this placed in the EC list. Congratulation!
Wow, lots of lovely poetic pieces this week.
Bea Edwards 01/19/14
What a wonderful and adorable word picture/poem through you and your son's reading adventures.
Big grin!