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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: My Healing Comes From Within The Walls
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
06/10/10


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Oh how I hurt,
My muscles ache
My heart searches
For a cool lake.

A place to rest,
Time to heal
To learn Iím not alone
Others know how I feel.

Oh, not all of us the same
Thereís a varying degree
Some just feel a mild ouch
Others need to scream like me.

At times like this
Thereís one place to turn
My Bible holds all Truths
That is a lesson IĎve learned.

But at times like now
I need a little more,
A hearty laugh,
Might ease my searing sores.

Give me a chance to rest.
Is a Thriller the balm I need?
Take me on a wild ride
I will follow your lead.

Sometimes when my body fails
My mind will hop on a broom,
Together with Harry Potter,
Iíll zoom around my sick room.

As I lie here in pain
Trying hard to mend
I know Iíll need a bit of help
From a real or an imaginary friend.

Quickly Iíll make a list,
The library has many a book to lend
To one like me who has a need to read
Something new or even an old friend.

Iím so grateful to Mr. Franklin,
What a novel thought:
Share with those who have none
Or are stuck in bed by an illness I caught.

My list is all ready
Thirty books should last me a week.
When Iím done with those,
There will be more to seek.

Thatís whatís so cool
About the building on Main Street;
They will loan me as many books as I need,
Until once again I'm back on my feet.


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Beth LaBuff 06/13/10
This poem bought a smile. :) I enjoyed your tribute to "Mr. Franklin" and then loved your humor in this, "My list is all ready -- Thirty books should last me a week." Nice work!
Seema Bagai 06/15/10
I can just picture you in a hospital gown and robe, perched on a broom and chasing Harry Potter down the corridor. LOL. An enjoyable poem.
Sarah Elisabeth 06/15/10
This was light, yet deep. Loved how you did that! God always provides what we need, when we need it...even stacks and stacks of books!
Virgil Youngblood 06/15/10
Books have healing power, I'm sure of it. They often transport us from where we are to where we would rather be. You expressed that very well.
Carol Penhorwood 06/16/10
I can so relate to the benefits of reading when in pain! Great job!
Benjamin Graber06/16/10
Books can be quite a friend in a time of need! I enjoyed this poem - I thought some of the rhymes sounded a little forced (you may want to watch that next time), but really liked the images. Great job!
Susan Montaperto06/16/10
Quite a poetic take on how helpful libraries can be. Thanks for the history lesson on how libaries began. Keep Writing.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/16/10
Ahhhh, another book lover, like me, as well as one who likes to put our words in verse. We might be sisters;-)
I enjoyed your poem.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
Books have been my friends and my haven through many years. I loved how this reminded me of that.