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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

TITLE: Another Chance
By Jo Ann Broihier
01/10/10


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“The curtain’s drawn,” I gasped
as I raced in to do my part.
The adrenaline was rushing.
I felt the thumping of my heart.

I’d wasted time and dallied,
now I missed acts one and two.
An understudy took my part.
Now what was I to do?

I found myself distracted
by the things along the way.
So someone else had done my part
in this one-time-only play.

He chose me for the lead role.
It was my first big break.
I fit the part so perfectly.
Then I made my grave mistake!

I had many excuses
for my irresponsibility.
But would he even listen?
Would he let me in act three?

How could I even face him?
I’d sorely let him down.
What could I say to take away
his disappointed frown?

“But others had been late too!”
I tried to be consoled.
“Not too late to do their part,”
was what my heart was told.

So now I had to face him
to learn what he would say.
Oh, for another chance to do
my part some other day.

My rationalization,
I could see just wouldn’t do.
The things that had distracted me
were petty, that I knew.

Just one look at him told me
that I might as well depart.
I turned and walked away
with a deep pain in my heart.

And then I heard an old
and familiar, friendly sound.
It was the ticking of my clock.
I quickly turned around.

A rude-awakening nightmare
was all that it had been.
I have another chance now!
I can do my part again.

I jumped up from my bed
where I had dreamt in a sweat.
Nothing could divert me now!
I had no time to fret.

With rekindled fires burning,
my precious Lord’s work I shall do.
Please take heed now, my friend,
so this humbled actor isn’t you.


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Carol Penhorwood 01/16/10
What an awesome story!

This reminds me of a very dear friend who woke in the night and could not find his wife. He thought the Rapture had taken place and he'd been left behind. It led to his conversion.
Karlene Jacobsen 01/17/10
Incredible! As you brought it to the end, my heart ached for the actor and hoped the director would allow one more chance. Then the dream ended and a renewed hope in the one who dreamt. Good job! Great lesson to be learned here.
Lollie Hofer 01/18/10
At first the "dream" part bothered me until I got to the end and then it made great sense. Oh, I love those second chances (and third and fourth and fifth). I think it's called grace. Thanks for sharing...I'm really enjoying all the well-written poems this week. (Poetry is not one of my strengths so I appreciate those who can write them.)