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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: My Husband's Arms
By Verna Cole Mitchell
02/06/14


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The bookends binding stories
Of all my married life
Are the arms of my dear husband,
Who held firm without turning loose
Each book of our together years.
From his very first embrace, I knew
That I would be secure within his care.
The loving arms that cradled me,
Then lifted our own little ones
With tenderness beyond compare,
And with Godís wisdom, guided them
To grow up straight and strong.
The journals, one by one, reveal
The ways he carried without complaint
The weight of work and worry
To supply our every need
And keep us free from want,
Along with bringing loveliness
To places where we lived.
The same arms that would brush on paint
To brighten housesí dreary walls,
Would also push a mower and trim the shrubs
And plant and maintain colorful flowers
To beautify our surroundings.
With journals added all along
For every year thatís passed,
These bookends of my husbandís arms
Have lost some of the strength of youth,
But he still holds me, never turning loose.
And I know that Iím secure within his care.


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Linda Goergen02/08/14
What a tender and sweet testimonial of your husbandís love. I hope you show this to himóand just in time for Valentineís day! Makes me want to go hug my husband and tell him how much he is appreciated for holding me firm through the years too! Enjoyed the read!
Beth LaBuff 02/09/14
Ah, I love your bookend metaphor of your husbands arms. All throughout the years of your marriage, the stories those arms held and could tell. What comfort, beauty, and contentment! This poem whispers all of these. <3
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/13/14
Congratulations on ranking 36 overall!