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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Straight From the Horseís Mouth (11/14/13)

TITLE: More Telling Than Your Words
By Wilma Schlegel
11/20/13


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You said I wasnít there for you,
My life I lived apart.
You said I never made a space
for you within my heart.

You said I rushed and ran and busied
me with me alone.
You said our house was only that,
could never be your home.

You said the time I spent with you
when you were young was just
a much begrudged show - no more -
and worthless as the dust.

With shock and deep dread hurt
This motherís heart did break.
Such words straight from your mouth
She could not bear to take.

Did you not know, could you forget
So much I did for you?
Did you not know, do you not care?
Iíve been this familyís glue.

But maybe she is right, I thought
Perhaps this is my due.
Have I really failed her so?
Guilt told me it was true.

I cried, I prayed, I cried some more.
This child, Iíve loved, Iíve lost.
Why God, a child give to me
to lose at such a cost?

I closed my heart against more hurt.
Now life was lived apart.
I couldnít let you near again
To break anew my heart.

Then God, another child brought
and you, He made a mother.
How dearly you did love this one
as neíer you loved another.

And in His time, He also brought
a change in mind and manner
Words from your mouth Iíve
come to know were only said in anger.

My broken heart is healing now
and yours I hope is too.
Iím glad to have my daughter back.
Iím glad my daughterís you.

And when tonight you visited me
your words were sweet as charms.
More telling than your words, though
your child rests in my arms.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/23/13

Beautiful narrative poem.
CD Swanson 11/24/13
Oh my...this was powerful and moving.

God bless~
Ellen Carr 11/27/13
You've written a very moving story in verse. I really enjoyed it, through the estrangement and on to the reconciliation. Well done1!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/13
Congratulations on ranking 17 overall!