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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)

TITLE: Picture of Persistence
By Verna Cole Mitchell
05/17/11


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I stomped my feet and clapped my hands
And raised my voice to shout.
Id made it to the very end,
Refusing to drop out.

Long days Id labored zealously.
Id worked night after night.
Id set my sights on victory
And fought a fearsome fight.

Some wondered why I persevered,
Had not been there for me.
They hadnt see an end in sight,
Nor I, with clarity.

Id used the talents that I had
And faltered not, nor failed.
Id not let others make me quit,
Nor purpose be derailed.

Id not become discouraged when
Folks said I couldnt do it.
Id concentrated on my goal
Until I sailed right through it.

While others might have given up
And blamed it on whatever,
Id taken pieces that I had
And put them all together.

I'd had some questions swirl about
Till finish line was near,
But picture Id not seen before
Was now becoming clear.

Im glad for my tenacity
From time I had begun.
Completing this was sweet for me . . .
My jigsaw puzzles done!


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Benjamin Graber05/20/11
Verna, I love your ending! That last line is perfect!
Personally, I would love to see a little more imagery to spark my imagination - but then, I'm a huge metaphor person, so feel free to take my opinion with a grain of salt. :-)
Great job!
Colin Swann05/20/11
Very Good! Perfect flow through to the finish and then a first class finish indeed!
Carol Penhorwood 05/20/11
Perfect poetry per usual! Loved this!
Yvonne Blake 05/23/11
Ha Ha Ha! I know the feeling!
Beth LaBuff 05/23/11
Oh, I love the ah-ha moment, then on a re-read it makes perfect sense, it all fits together. :) Great work!!
Charla Diehl 05/24/11
This is an inspiring and timely piece for graduates everywhere. Great flow, rhyme, rhythm, and of course I hear the strength of the message throughout this lovely poem.
Sara Harricharan 05/24/11
Teehee. What a fun twist, I sure didn't see it coming--and I was looking for the hints. LOL. Maybe I should fix a puzzle or two more often. Fun read!
Amanda Brogan05/24/11
Aww, how cute! HeHe! This had me laughing at the end. Here I am thinking of some great, huge goal that the person has accomplished -- maybe even getting to heaven after a life of serving God or something -- and then everything switches to something so simple. (But I know the feeling. Jigsaw puzzles can become a real big deal. ;) )

This, I must say, was utterly brilliant!
Margaret Kearley 05/25/11
Great and real fun! I didn't guess the ending but when I got there, it made me smile!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/11
This is great! I laughed at the last line as doing a puzzle is harder for me than college!

Congratulations for ranking 12th in your level!
Mariane Holbrook05/28/11
What a great poem and a wonderful surprise ending. I laughed out loud, knowing you loved throwing this curve ball out to all your readers! It was a delightful read and something so typical of you, you tease! I love it!