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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)

TITLE: When Yonder Roll is Called
By Beth LaBuff
09/11/07


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For twenty years in Pleasant Grove,
A most propitious town,
Lived cordial neighbors side by side,
Misters Green and Brown.

On Sunday mornings, at First Church,
Mr. Green would sing
With church parishioners of like faith,
Hosannas to the King.
With steadfast dedication,
On Thursdays he’d attend
A deacon’s meeting at said church,
The budget to expend.

In Second Church, dear Mr. Brown,
At eleven of the clock,
Stood just inside on Sunday morn
To gladly greet the flock.
On Wednesday nights he’d occupy
His pew, third on the right.
Prayer requests were sent aloft
As saints would fight the fight.

Mr. Green and Mr. Brown,
On earth, lived side by side.
When roll was called up yonder
And Christ came for his bride,
Then Mr. Green and Mr. Brown
Respired celestial air.
Astonishment showed on each face
To find the other there.

For twenty years each kept the faith,
Never having shared
The hope within to those without
Lest they be unprepared.


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Jan Ackerson 09/16/07
Great job with rhyme and meter in this pithy little poem!
Linda Watson Owen09/17/07
Oh how true! We can easily become so tied to our 'church' habits that we lose sight of the universal church. Thank you for this poem.
Jacquelyn Horne09/18/07
Yes, we're probably all in for a few surprises.
Loren T. Lowery09/19/07
I agree, we are all in for a few surprises when that day comes. I really enjoyed the way you presented this in rhyme and meter.
Dee Yoder 09/19/07
Clever way to call attention to our denominational walls. I like the style, and the rhythm of your poem. I think we'll find many surprised people in Heaven!
Lisa Holloway09/21/07
Liked it! Nice job and good rhythm.