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On Grandma Thora's Farm

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On Grandma Thora's Farm

I hide in Grandma Thora's room.
A velvet and wood reserve,
forbidden to children.
Grandma's heavy, hunting feet
thunder over hardwood floors toward me.
Curled up tight- like a snake.,
praying my thumping chest doesn't climb
over her huge scolding voice,
and betray my hiding place.
Grandma Thora is in cahoots with God-
She is as scary as His commanding bible.
The book, that I didn't ask for, is my birthday gift.
I'm ashamed of my disappointment
that stepped into me when 
I tore off the wrapping paper
and found only God's word.
King James in leather is not what I want.
I carve into the skin-thin title page
with a sharp tipped pen,
“Damn you! Go to Hell!”

God, I'm dead now for sure.

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  1. Date: 3/14/2010 8:29:00 AM

    Tamra, Awesome poem here, and many congratulations on this write ! Thats the difference between poets and the rest of the souls on earth...we fear not the words which spill..even if we think these words will condem us...fear not soul, your are not condemed ! Excelent write !!!! james

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 1:26:00 PM

    Hey Tamra, my warm congratulations on your win in PS's Intl. Poetry Contest-09 with this splendid write! Peace, AUdrey

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 11:21:00 PM

    Congratulations on your featured poem. Ernilando

  1. Date: 3/3/2010 12:25:00 PM

    Tamra~ Congratulations on your featured poem! Laura :)

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 9:01:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in the October 2009 PoetrySoup International Poetry Site Contest Tamra. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/1/2010 6:26:00 AM

    congrats on the featured poem!! Good work!!

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 3:56:00 PM

    Interesting story with good use of imagery. Congratulations on being one of the winners in the Soup contest. Enjoy your success. Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 2:38:00 PM

    What an amazing poem.....so glad I found this terrific piece to capture my childhood imagination. Terrific writing! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 2/28/2010 11:48:00 AM

    "heavy, hunting feet" "Thumping chest" climbing over "huge scolding voice" So many perfectly-fitted descriptions in this one. And what a light-hearted and amusing punch at the end. We all know this kid...and that grandmother. Excellent!

  1. Date: 1/8/2010 9:32:00 AM

    Congrats on your wonderful poem making it through the first round, keep your powerful pen writing… excellent you! Your friend in poetry Adeleke

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 5:48:00 AM

    Congratulations Tamra, You have made it through the first round of judging for Poetrysoup October 13, 2009 poetry contest with your poem "Grandma Thora's Farm. It was a delightful look into a child's mind before forgiveness and understanding. Wonderful write. I enjoyed reading it. 2009 was a successful year of poetry for you. I come, now, wishing you continued success in your writing endeavors throughout 2010 and for many years to come. God be with you. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 12/25/2009 8:28:00 PM

    Congratulations on your first round win. Good luck on the next round. Sincerely, Love, Moses

  1. Date: 12/22/2009 9:06:00 AM

    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals Tamra. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 11:52:00 AM

    Wow! Congratulations and best wishes sent to you to advance to the final round. Lainie

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 4:32:00 PM

    Tamra, congrats on winning the first round of ps contest!! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 2:34:00 PM

    Congratulations on moving to the next round with this great poem, Tamra! Wishing you joy and happiness in the New Year, love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 9:25:00 AM

    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 12/10/2009 5:40:00 PM

    congrats on your wonderful poem being featured this week. keep writing... great you! Adeleke

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 5:10:00 PM

    nawww..you actually sound like the Old Testament God..one scary Dude! You think the big G never heard that from a human before...your fine...children have tantrums. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/9/2009 11:17:00 AM

    Many congrats on your featured poem this week. Rgds Janette

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