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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: Will You Still Hear Me Call Your Name?
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Will you still hear me call your name
When Iím no longer here,
Imagining Iím by your side
Although I wonít be near?

Will laughter we have shared so long
Still echo in your ears?
Will you remember when I wept
And how you dried my tears?

Will you recall our wedding day,
Our pledges to be true?
How voices shook in vows you made
And ones I made to you?

Will you hold dear the way we spoke
Of love for one another
And all the prayers we made to God
When we prayed with each other?

Will you forget the words I said,
Sometimes in carelessness,
And think instead of memories
That bring you happiness?

Will you relive the countless hours
We spent in conversation,
The simple talks of day-to-day
And joys of celebration?

Then, if in Godís own timing,
The worse will come to worst,
Your voice Iíll hear for all my life,
If He should take you first.

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Beth LaBuff 07/15/10
This is so poignant and lovingly written. Your last stanza should have a tissue warning. :) Beautiful work!
Mona Purvis07/15/10
This is so rich and full and haunting. What a testimony to what a true marriage can offer.
I hope you have shared this with your loved one.

Margaret Kearley 07/16/10
This is a beautiful poem that really touches the heart. Thank you.
Dolores Stohler07/16/10
Beautiful poem, so well written. A life well-lived is here in just a few lines.
Mariane Holbrook 07/18/10
This is so tenderly written. It reminds me in some ways of the poem "If You Go First And I Remain."
We don't often write verses like this because it seems to smack of melancholy but yours is hopeful and full of love. Very lovely!
Carol Slider 07/18/10
What a heartfelt, poignant poem! Lovely writing--well done.
Chely Roach07/18/10
Beautiful. The last stanza really melted me. Wow.
Carole Robishaw 07/19/10
Beautiful! It reflects a topic I've been studying this week, about what is the worst that can happen and allowing God to be there for it.
Colin Swann07/19/10
A wonderful meaningful verse that would be precious to give a spouse for a golden wedding anniversary or some other special occasion.
Carol Penhorwood 07/19/10
You have a winner here, Verna! You have certainly expressed for me what I could never hope to say! Beautiful!
Joan Campbell07/19/10
Beautiful, especially the last stanza! If only all Christian couples would love this deeply.
AnneRene' Capp07/19/10
This is so touching, so sweet and so right on! What a lovely, lovely love poem. Just wish I would have been able to come up with it first. :)
Author Unknown07/21/10
beautiful. makes me want to go hug my husband. we just celebrated 12 years, and I keep thinking- this will just be a blip when it's been 52, should God grant us that.

not sappy, but emotional. tender, not over-the-top. this really resonated with me. well done.
Maria Egilsson07/21/10
Now you have me sniffling. We've just celebrated 34yrs this past weekend so this tugged on my heart strings for sure!
Jeanne E Webster 07/21/10
You're a testimony of the love God put in your hearts for one another. Thanks for such a witness of true love that runs deeper than anything life can hand out. Blessings!
wendell a brown 07/21/10
I love the romanticism in your poem, it is completly enjoyable to me. Thanks for such a high effort!
Edmond Ng 07/21/10
Of such passionate love expressed within a poem, the strong feelings well expressed of how we love our spouse. All these came through in your writing.
Sarah Elisabeth 07/21/10
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, that way I'll never have to live a day without you." Winnie the Pooh

That's what this sweet, heart tugging poem made me think of :-) The flow was so smooth and natural, I felt I was just gliding along!
Rikki Akeo07/21/10
What a precious poem!
I loved the 'growing old together' tone.
You hit the nail on the head with hear-ing, especially in relation to age. LOVE IT!
Beth LaBuff 07/22/10
Congrats, Verna! I'm so glad to see this wonderful poem recognized!
Rita Garcia07/22/10
Heartfelt and beautiful!
Congratulations! Hugs, Rita
wendell a brown 07/22/10
Congrats for finishing in the editors top ten. Again a very beautiful poem!
Dee Yoder 07/22/10
Congratulations, Verna! I knew this was a winner. It's so beautiful. You know it made me cry.
Yvonne Blake 07/23/10
Ahhh...Verna, you made me cry!
This is beautiful!
Laury Hubrich 07/23/10
So much love in this poem. Awesome! Congratulations on your EC!
Edy T Johnson 07/24/10
Dear Verna, your writing is always so full of sweet tenderness, especially this poem. I'd like to steal it! It should be shared aloud at family gatherings, weddings, funerals, all.

I know! Perhaps someone can put it to music. Singers will make it as famous as The Wedding Song by Paul Stookey!
Mid Stutsman07/24/10
Verna...your gift is right from God's heart. What a blessing to be able to pen such tenderness that leaves us teary-eyed and yet so hopeful!
You know I love you, dearly!!