Sometimes my poem's a winner
but often times it's not.
And yet I spend a lot of time
to give it all I've got.
But one thing I will never do
because it's oh, so true.
I will not thank my hand because
God's hand is in it too.
No, never take the praise because
you write for God alone.
Take all your selfishness and pride
and clear your ev'ry bone.
Before you write, please thank the Lord.
Convey a sincere prayer,
that you will do your very best
and write with utmost care.
When you give God the glory first,
from the start to finish,
you'll receive His blessings so your
work will not diminish.
For we're around a world of sin
while He is up above.
So give Him full and total praise
and show Him all your love.
Use a thesaurus if you must
when you can't find the words.
Make your poem flow off tongues
with all your nouns and verbs.
Then go right back and pray again.
The poem's His, not yours.
And work it over perfectly
so poem long endures.
This poem was a finalist in the May 2022 poetry contest