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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: Of Kings and Prophets and Brave Men
By Verna Cole Mitchell
07/14/07


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I donít have faith like Abraham,
Whoíd listen to Godís call,
Not knowing where his path would lead
Or troubles to befall.

I could not lead like Moses did
All through the wilderness
The disobedient Israelites,
Nor want to, I confess.

I was not blessed with Samsonís strength,
This mighty man of power,
Who killed a host of Philistines
Within his final hour.

Delilahís beauty I donít have,
But maybe that is good.
She was not known as someone who
Behaved the way she should.

I am not patient like Job was
When he was in despair,
Though Iíd not like to have his friends;
Theyíd be too much to bear.

I cannot sing and play the harp
Nor write a lovely Psalm,
Like David with his gift of words,
That are a healing balm.

Iím not as wise as Solomon,
Whose fame spread far and wide
For wisdom from the Lord he had,
And all his wealth beside.

Isaiah was a man of God,
With wondrous prophecy.
I do not know what lies ahead,
But trust God; He can see.

Iím not as brave as Daniel was
While in the lionís den.
Upon his knees he prayed to God,
Who answered there and then.


With all these attributes I lack,
How sad it seems Iíd be,
But I was made by Godís own hand;
Iím happy being me.


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Virginia Gorg07/19/07
Nicely done. A good flow through many people in the Bible and I enjoyed your last line. :)
Dee Yoder 07/19/07
Really nice! This would be a perfect poem to read to children and to any other Christian who feels inadequate with the talents God has given them! Very enjoyable to read.
Joanne Sher 07/21/07
Like this a lot. I could actually see this as a picture book, with a verse for each page and bible pictures - and maybe a mirror on the last page. I think kids AND adults would enjoy it.
Lynda Schultz 07/21/07
I love it! Me too ó I'm happy being me. Great work.
Mariane Holbrook07/22/07
Oh I love this!!! Your meter is perfect which suggests to me that you're an English teacher! LOL But I love the way you went through the Bible choosing men and women known for either admirable qualities or not so admirable and deciding that, hey, each of us is unique, and each of us is precious to our Maker. It was He, after all, who said "I have called you by name." I hope you win with this entry!
Elizabeth Baize 07/22/07
This was a delightful read! I liked the way you wrote about exemplary characters in a serious way, yet also had a few verses that included some humor as well. It is a good reminder that we should enjoy being the people God made us to be!
Kristen Hester07/22/07
Nice poem. As I read I wondered which Bible character you were going to say wcs "happy." Your ending was perfect. Great job.
Trevas Walker07/23/07
I enjoyed your entry, and your meter is perfect. Very nicely done. I am happy being me, I like that.
Benjamin Graber07/23/07
I like it! It is important to learn to be content as who God made us, because often the search for greatness can lead us down the wrong path...
Catrina Bradley 07/24/07
I could definitely see this as an illustrated children's book. Lovely, lyrical look at some Bible heroes, and a nice lesson on being happy just being who God made each of us.
Betty Castleberry07/25/07
What an important lesson wrapped up in poetry form. We should be happy with how and who God made us to be. This was a very enjoyable read. Thumbs up!
Loren T. Lowery07/25/07
I especially like this because it shows the strengths and character of people from the Bible that God gave us as example to emmulate...but then you show so beautifully that because we aren't exactly like them, God still loves and supports us because of who we are and not what we are.
Sara Harricharan 07/25/07
Verna, this is lovely! I like the ryhme and flow (my only note was the second verse...was a tad off-key for me. It didn't sound right when I read it aloud, maybe it is too short/long?) I like how you capture the different bible characters, Solomon, David and Job. Very well done! ^_^
Jacquelyn Horne07/25/07
I enjoyed this. Good POV.
Dixie Phillips 07/25/07
Your poem really blessed me. I kept wondering just how you were going to bring out the theme, but you did it! I loved how you ended it... Wonderful!
Linda Watson Owen07/28/07
Oh, Verna, this is truly lovely! What a mezmerizing walk through the 'stars' of our familiar Biblical stories! Your rhythm and rhyme flow flawlessly. With a wink ;-) I delightfully disagree with one statement, if the speaker is you, dear poet: "I cannot sing and play the harp/
Nor write a lovely Psalm,/
Like David with his gift of words,/
That are a healing balm."
That's exactly what you do, Verna! ;-)