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Topic: POETRY CHALLENGE - Romance (12/06/04)

TITLE: E-Mail Order Bride
By Linda Germain
12/12/04

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He made a list and checked it twice
On quest to find a girl whose price
Was far above the going rates
For mates, or simple dinner dates.

She must be very sweet and kind
And have an understanding mind
Soft of shape and heart of gold
A friend to share, a love to hold.

To find romance, he took a chance
On line he went
To Love-Match-Set
A treasure hunt, the inter-net.

So many girls, so little time
Perusing scores while in his prime
Each one better than the last
It blew his fuse, but what a blast!


The seeking game consumed his brain
Looking for that part t’was missing
He wanted more than hugs and kissing

Where did all the good ones hide?
Where is, he cried, my special bride?
The one soul mate of God’s own choosing
He could not find with all this cruising.


The more he read the more his dread
There was no way to choose, instead
He took a break to clear his head
And that’s when things began to change…

How strange!
One day, computer-dell did ring his bell
What inbox held, he could not tell
Until he opened up the note
And read what lovely female wrote.

Dear Sir, it said, I must insist
You do not think I‘m from a list
Of women looking for some male
With money, looks, or grad of Yale.

Urged by friend to check the line-up
I was inclined to skip the sign-up
Zipping through one hundred cases
Shocked, I found one of those faces that


Stopped me cold (I feel so bold)
But there you were, with twinkling smile
I read your file – this is not my usual style,

This searching high and low for men,
Praying for a sure fire win
Yet, you have a certain look, so good and wise,
So if you can, please, please advise.

The sun was shining in his heart
Responding to this one, so smart
She saw in him that special gleam
He surely wants her on his team

Back and forth for months e-mailing
On loving waters words were sailing
Docking in their hearts each day
There were no thoughts to stay away.

A man who searched for spouse in vain
Was now aboard the love-sick train
Wending toward this Godly Miss
Intending for their wedded bliss

In hot pursuit of what he wanted
He would have soldiered on, undaunted
A hunter for the perfect plan, He finally got his chance
To dance the dance of pure romance

But in the end though on a whim
It was SHE who captured HIM.


Member Comments
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Joanne Malley12/13/04
Linda,
What a fun poem! Joanne
Karri Compton12/13/04
Wow, great! You were very creative with your line and rhyme, thinking outside the box. Blessings, Karri
Norma OGrady12/13/04
WOW...LOVED YOUR TITLE..
Yeshua bless you through this christmas season and have a "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005"
lovingly Norma
David Stewart12/14/04
How funny! I have been on match.com for a couple of years (haven't dated in 6) and my kids tease me when I told them I'm looking for a 'mail order bride.' The say you'll never call anyone. I said I'll know her when I see her. I've pretty much given up but I really enjoyed this poem! Merry Christmas!
Jodi Hodge12/15/04
Funny poem. Unique, entertaining and fun to read.
Tesiri Moweta12/16/04
Very entertaining and lovely rhyme! Great poem!
Keep winning and shining for Jesus.
Mitzi Busby12/16/04
Linda, very entertaining piece.
MILENA ASSENOVA12/17/04
that is a lovely poem, very creative and appreciated. merry xmas and happy new year! GOD BLESS
Joyce Poet12/19/04
Other than that first stanza with three lines (which just didn't feel right for some reason) I loved the changes in the rhyme scheme. It grabs the reader's attention and keeps it all the way through.
Linda Germain 12/19/04
Hmmm? Three lines? I guess I am dense!~LG~