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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: The Telephone Speaks
By Verna Cole Mitchell
07/22/08


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Just hold my mouthpiece to your lips
And pull my earpiece near;
Then I will tell you how I feel
About the words I hear.

Iím happy to find out about
The good in peopleís lives,
The gifts of grace that come from God,
The family that thrives.

Iím bored enough to go to sleep
When there's a business chat
Of deals and products, bottom line.
Ho-hum to all of that.

Iím shamed by those who carelessly
Take Jesusí name in vain.
Itís bound to break His loving heart
When persons are profane.

Iím angered by the evil plans
Which sinful men may make,
And by the steps of violence
It's their intent to take.

Iím saddened when the news is told
Of sickness or of loss,
And troubled bridges numerous,
Most difficult to cross.

Iím awed by prayers of Christian folk,
Who carry to the throne
Requests from those who have a need
As though they were their own.

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Of course, phones do not really speak,
Nor can they hear or feel,
But God hears everything we say,
And He is very real.


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Lynda Lee Schab 07/24/08
Aw...what a great poem! Very clever and flowed nicely. Well done.
Joanne Sher 07/25/08
Very clever. Great POV with a wonderful little message at the end. Good stuff.
Edy T Johnson 07/28/08
I finally found this (with your second hint) endearing poem. You get your own message across, especially well, and I love your ending punch line! God is always listening in to our conversations on the "party line!"
Joy Faire Stewart07/28/08
Love the message in the poem especially the last stanza. Wonderful writing.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/28/08
Creative! This is the only entry so far in whih the phone does the talking! Very well done.
Karen Wilber 07/29/08
Charming poem about a telephone, then you get us with the message at the end.
:-)
This is a good reminder that God is always on the line.
Catrina Bradley 07/29/08
We had the same idea - the telephone listening in on conversations! I like your cute poem. Nicely done. :)
George Parler 07/29/08
What a fun POV to reveal a very profound truth. Well done!
Laury Hubrich 07/30/08
Love this poem! Great work, as always!
Mariane Holbrook07/30/08
This has so much truth in it you could preach a whole sermon from it. What a creative approach to this topic. But I've learned to expect the best from you, my loving friend! You can take something so simple and turn it into something so profound. I love you for that (among many other things!)
Sara Harricharan 07/30/08
I think I could sing this like a background song in my head all day! I liked the third verse the best, such fun! There's so many layers to this, I really liked it! ^_^
Pamela Kliewer07/30/08
Very well done. I sure do admire you who can write poetry so well!
Edmond Ng 07/30/08
I like your poem. It speaks true of the words of man within a telephone call, of good and bad, of praise and profanity, of joy and despair, above all else, of needed prayer and a God who hears from above, without the phone, to answer prayer.
Joshua Janoski07/30/08
You are a BRILLIANT poet. Not only do you craft pieces that have good rhythm, but your messages in your poems are absolutely wonderful. I really hope this places high, because it's one of my favorites this week.
Chely Roach07/31/08
This is amazing...I love it!
Ellen Dodson07/31/08
Your poetry always reveals such a powerful message. I love the shift at the end from personification to a reality that's is often so sadly forgotten. Blessings!!
Loren T. Lowery07/31/08
Verna, what a profound thing to consider, what a phone must hear. Brillant! Loren
Helen Dowd 08/02/08
Phones, like people (us) are instuments to be used to send messages. People, unlike phones, have a choice of what kinds of messages they send...Your poem expresses those thoughts very well...Loved your choice of words and the progression as the poem rolled along...Helen
Dixie Phillips 10/07/08
Mizz Verna,
This is wonderful..... Just like you.....
Dixie