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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: How Do You Spell Joy?
By Venice Kichura
05/19/06


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How Do You Spell Joy?



When I receive a brand new toy
Or learn another skill
I feel a temporary joy---
I dance and can’t sit still.

I never will forget the day
My laptop did arrive.
I found an online writing class;
My writing was revived.


At last, I thought, I’ll write my book,
An author I would be.
Then I contracted writer’s block.
My joy began to flee.

I bought an easel, donned a smock.
Now art was my forte.
I found some joy in painting birds
And sculpting them in clay.

But when my art work failed to bring
The joy that I once knew,
I sighed and asked, “Just what spells joy?”
I did not have a clue.

I then turned to my stash of yarn
And learned a brand new skill.
I taught myself to knit a scarf.
It gave me a brief thrill.

I knitted, then, another one,
And thought that possibly,
By giving it to someone else
It would bring joy to me?


I took it to the county home
While singing with my church
And spied a lonely woman there
Who on a chair was perched.

She stroked the scarf and said through tears,
“My skills are less than few.
I wish that I could knit a scarf
And give one, just like you.”

“Excuse me, Ma’m, I’ll be right back,”
I told her, darting out.
There was a bubbling in my soul---
I felt an urge to shout!

I ran back home and grabbed some yarn
As well as more supplies---
Some knitting needles of size eight---
A good beginner’s size.

When I returned to share my craft,
I found, at last, true joy.
It is the kind that overspills
For others to enjoy.

It’s then that I did realize
That joy is spelled this way….


It’s
Jesus,
Others, then
Yourself.

That’s JOY that comes to stay!


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Trina Courtenay05/25/06
Absolutely loved the ending. Never thought of it that way before. I think what we have here is another win!

God bless!
Trina
Jessica Schmit05/25/06
what a wonderful poem. Such gems within this piece. Beatiful job!
Sherry Wendling05/26/06
I so appreciate the flow, the poetry, the lesson! Wonderful job.
Lynda Schultz 05/26/06
I feel like I should be able to sing this one. Very nice.
Helen Murray05/26/06
Delightful story of a journey - and it wasn't the journey that was important, it was the destiny! I liked the rhythm - it sounded like train travel to a holiday destination
Rita Garcia05/27/06
Oh, I love this description of joy. The ending is perfect. Great job!
Suzanne R05/27/06
Great content and form - well done!
dub W05/29/06
Wonderful message, good flow and pace and an enjoyable read.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/06
Oh boy, could I ever relate to this, having taken up countless "toys" and hobbies. Your charming poem had just the right ending.
L.M. Lee05/29/06
nicely done
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/31/06
Now that was a poem I could relate to, It was great.