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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: If I Only Had a Gift
By Verna Cole Mitchell
01/13/07


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What an author I would be
If I had a gift to write!
Wondrous works would I create
From words beautiful and bright.

Oh, I might write a sonnet
That would be a lot of fun
About your Easter bonnet,
But already that’s been done.

I could create a poem
Or pen an epic gory,
Fabricate a fairy tale
Or scrawl a bedtime story.

Perhaps I might imagine
Suspense most terrifying
With mystery and danger
And evil people dying.

A science fiction novel
I could try to fantasize,
Or of the world’s great wonders
In an essay rhapsodize.

In hopes to make things better,
I’d compose a happy song.
I’d record lyrics simply
So that all could sing along.

I just can’t write like Shakespeare
A romantic comedy.
He was among the greatest,
And I wasn’t meant to be.

But when I count my blessings,
I forget my artless woes
And honor God by writing
My best poetry and prose.


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Marilyn Schnepp 01/20/07
Great ideas in this delightful poem - but if you want honesty; the meter was off which took away from the sentiment...which was excellent. It needs to flow with a rhymic beat. But I loved the creative idea within. Keep at it, practice makes perfect...
Edy T Johnson 01/20/07
This is really a delightful poem and I didn't find the altered rhythm too distracting. But, to polish it off to precision, try counting and accenting syllables and you'll see where problems need attention. Otherwise, "On target!" for the challenge.
william price01/20/07
Excellent concept and i loved the message. God bless.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/09/07
Very fun poem. I love that your heart is shown in each of your pieces I have read so far. Good job. Other than small editing on number of lines and syllables this is really good and I like your ending-very nice,Janice