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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: Lanahan Legacy
By Jody Day
08/30/11


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They came from the Isle of myth and legend
where Patrick drove the snakes away
and Strongbow took the land.
I cannot find them, these Lanahans
Whose blood is mixed with mine.
Why didn’t they tell their story?

Two brothers, one a preacher
who had a son, who had a daughter.
Now here I am.

A legacy of faith unsung.
I imagine them crouched among
the rocks on the shore of Donegal,
pooling their wages for the fare,
then looking out across the water,
longing to be here.

Two brothers, one a preacher
who had a son, who had a daughter.
Now here I am.

“Across the sea there is good land,
and work and a fighting chance.”
Did that make it easier to say goodbye
to family, friends, a heritage?
Did they find the men they longed to be,
the way of life they planned?

Two brothers, one a preacher
who had a son, who had a daughter.
Now here I am.

From the green Isle to the desert west,
through unknown trials and joys.
I look across to their homeland
and long to know the reasons,
but nothing is known, or passed along;
So many spellings on the manifests, but

Two brothers, one a preacher
told his son, who told his daughter,
about the great I AM.


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CD Swanson 09/02/11
That was nicely done...And, Ireland is such a beautiful place...Magical. God Bless~
Sarah Heywood09/03/11
You know, I normally find myself skimming through the poetry entries because they tend to not hold my interest as much as other types of writing do. Plus, they make me think - which sometimes I don't want to do! But this poem was different. It swept me along and I found myself fascinated by the vivid imagery of imagining a past you never knew, but yet are tied so closely to.

Great job!
Linda Goergen09/06/11
Lovely poem - imagining the great expectations of ancestors! I love the ending – although not much information was passed along, the most vital information of all was! Enjoyed the read!
marcella franseen 09/07/11
Beautiful poem describing the mystery of God's plans, working and weaving through history to bring each of us to this day. You may not know much of your ancestry, but what you know is the most important part.
Loren T. Lowery09/08/11
En joyed this poem and the story it told. It brought to mind how faith can fill us with anticipation and by faith we fulfill God's call on our lives, eventually affecting the lives of others. Congratulations on your EC
Carol Penhorwood 09/13/11
Ripples of faith ending...