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

TITLE: After All This Time
By Brenda Kern
12/12/04

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After All This Time

Could it be that after all this time,
a man is truly interested in me?
It's hard to believe, and should make the news:
"See the impossible, tonight, on Channel 3!"

You totally have to be kidding me, Lord!
Do You want this for my life, and NOW?
I'm getting a little long in the tooth
and there ain't much milk left in the cow!

I've been waiting so long for the romance express,
I have assumed the train didn't stop here...
So I've plodded on alone, and lived the single life
And never thought I'd call someone "Dear."

How can I go out on a date
and be cool, be interesting, and flirt?
I don't know how, my romance genes don't function
or at least they're crusted over with dirt...

Where do I turn, who can help me--
everyone I know is a "longtime married."
I have nothing to wear,
I'm not sure I can care--
my emotions have been snuffed out, then buried.

Who am I fooling? I don't think I can go--
the night's bound to be a disaster.
I sure don't want to disappoint the guy
or be tomorrow's object of laughter.

Lord, I'm your little girl, and You know me full well--
You know this area is sensitive for me.
I have no confidence, no reason to believe,
and it's always been easier to flee.

I just can't handle this stuff at this point--
I'm too old, too tired, and too busy...
But I have to admit, when I hear his voice
I get somewhat stupid and dizzy.

O God, You are more than a little familiar
with my conflicts and crying and shouts.
I've already said, "Yes," in a moment of craziness
and now I'm filling with doubts.

Tell me, direct me, I can't manage this alone.
What do You want me to do?
Should I cancel? Should I try it? Should I go out of town?
Yes! Maybe I'll visit Kalamazoo.

I'm joking! I think. I'm so confused.
I need You to step in here, Lord.
Please give me an indication that it's not a mistake
and I won't leave the guy nauseated and bored.

There's the phone, Lord, and I'm full of fear.
If it's him, I should cancel, and NOW...
Here I go, picking up the receiver,
I need to get out of this, but how?

"Hello," he says, and his voice somehow thrills me,
"I wanted to check in with you.
It occurred to me that you might be nervous,
and be thinking of not following through.

"Don't be scared--I'm just a person.
If you're a little anxious--well, me, too.
We'll go out, have fun, and get along fine-
I'll enjoy just being with you.

"Well, that's about it, and it's up to you.
And do I hope you'll go? Very much!
For I was just talking to God about you,
and I felt like I'd better get in touch."

We said our goodbyes. I hung up the phone--
and recognized God was involved.
I've gotta get ready for my big date--
for the moment my doubts are resolved.

Brenda Kern
December 12, 2004


Member Comments
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Karri Compton12/13/04
So cute - it kind of reminded me of Dr. Seuss - in a good way! God bless, Karri
Norma OGrady12/13/04
After All This Time great poem...
Yeshua bless you through this christmas season and have a "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005"
lovingly Norma
David Stewart12/14/04
I really like this poem. Merry Christmas.
Jodi Hodge12/15/04
Very sweet. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie OConnor12/15/04
Great fun! I can easily imagine how this would feel. Vivid storytelling.
Tesiri Moweta12/16/04
After all this time, God is still God, love will still always be waiting. I love this poem! Keep winning and shining for Jesus.
Mitzi Busby12/16/04
Brenda,
I liked your poem. Very interesting. So many people can relate to it as some point.
MILENA ASSENOVA12/17/04
I LOVED IT, WOW! ISN'T IT SOMETHING HOW GOD CAN GET INVOLVED IN WAYS YOU CANNOT IMAGIN. GREAT STORY. MERRY XMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! GOD BLESS
Linda Germain 12/18/04
Brenda,
Being ever nosy and curious, I want to say, "and then what happened?" :0) My mother's friend never dated but at age 65 a lovely man walked into her VERY old-maid life and swept her off her feet!! They had a wonderful wedding and had a good 20 years together and then she died and he is all alone again. It was very special...like your poem!
Joyce Poet12/19/04
It felt so strange to read this. See, I talk about dating/getting married all the time. And the truth is, I'd like to. But when it comes right down to it, the very idea makes me a bit sick at my stomach. (nervousness, not disgust) I haven't dated since I was a teenager and I'm 38 now. In fact, I practically sprinted away from a man just the other day who was doing nothing more than talking to me. I know you wouldn't know it by my own poem, but romance is easy to talk about/dream about. But when you get my age and travel the paths I've traveled, talk and dreams are both pretty cheap.
Monique Fox12/28/04
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