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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Accent (02/21/13)

TITLE: Put the Emphasis - There!
By Lillian Rhoades
02/26/13


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Put the Emphasis -There!


Life is full
Of naught
And ought,
And second thoughts,

Of Hits
And misses,
Dreams and wishes,
And decisions.

Put it there,
No, here,
Or tell me where
It looks best.

A dash of blue
Perhaps of red,
Wrong shade
Try Instead,

The white
In between
The tangerine
To best be seen.

Cut it short,
Thatís wrong,
Keep it long.
It makes you young.

Make-up hides
A pimple here,
Hair to spare,
See one, there?
Not fit for Public Square.


We emphasize
Those things that taunt
Both sinner and saint
Without restraint,

What color paint
The length of our tresses,
Our dresses,
Menís praises,

Color of hair,
The shape of our nares,
How we fit
Into what we wear.

Take time to think
To contemplate
Just where
Our Father concentrates.

On love that penetrates
Like darts,
From heart
To heart.

On how we strive
To have our minds
Embrace His kind
Of peace divine.

On healthy souls,
Daily fed
The Living Word.
How sharp the sword?

On what we put aside
Of earthly things,
Not hanging
On to anything.


On beauty from within
No eye can see,
But never flees.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 03/02/13
Beautiful! God bless~
Ellen Carr 03/02/13
A great message and well put. I enjoyed it. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/02/13
This is lovely. I was smiling and nodding the whole time. Your last stanza really touched my heart. Your whole piece was perfect but the last part spoke volumes.
Alicia Renkema03/03/13
A very interesting ending on a well thought out and cleverly constructed piece. This just rolls off of the tip of one's tongue while reading. The rhyme scheme is so much fun. Thank you for this very entertaining piece that makes one think,"Am I just trying to please people in life and how far am I actually willing to go?" The Lord always looks on the heart so the inside of us is truly the one thing that never flees, except of course, He!
Cheryl Harrison 03/04/13
I enjoyed your poem, especially these stanzas:

"Take time to think
To contemplate
Just where
Our Father concentrates.

On love that penetrates
Like darts,
From heart
To heart."

Good job.

lynn gipson 03/04/13
I enjoyed this so much! I could have read on and on but the ending was what we all need to read, especially me. You did a wonderful job with the rhyme, flow and rhythm. A great read with a great message.
Loren T. Lowery03/04/13
I like your sojourn into your new genre. It flows with what I consider inner thought and conscience dialogue - a working out of life's philosophies. Great job!
Bonnie Bowden 03/05/13
Beautiful poem (Emphasis there). It really spoke to my heart.
Judith Gayle Smith03/05/13
Charming! Beautiful and fun!

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Bea Edwards 03/05/13
Lovely and engaging poem full of rich meaning. Thank you for touching upon what is precious in our Fathers sight!
Bea Edwards 03/05/13
Lovely and engaging poem full of rich meaning. Thank you for touching upon what is precious in our Fathers sight!
Myrna Noyes03/06/13
Wonderful rhythmic poem with a powerful message! I loved your beginning:

"Life is full
Of naught
And ought,
And second thoughts,

Of Hits
And misses,
Dreams and wishes,
And decisions."

One thing puzzled me, though: What is meant by "the shapes of our nares"?

You had a great ending to this lovely piece, too! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/07/13
Congratulations on ranking 32 overall!