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by Jan Ackerson  
9/25/2006 / Poetry

The citizens of Allegorica
All gathered for a bounteous feast one day--
But just before they shared the luscious food,
They allwithin their heartsbegan to pray.
Yes, each began to pray.

Our thanks, dear God, for every blessing here.
Tis only by Your mercy we are fed.
Please smile upon our gathering, Lord. Amen!
Well, lets enjoy! the village mayor said
The jolly mayor said.

Please pass the peace, said Patty Peppercorn,
For recently, Ive had my share of strife.
My heart says up, my brain says upside down
Its quite a queasy way to live my life;
Uneasy, queasy life.

Ill take a flagon of fulfillment, then,
Said Frankie Featherweight, on Pattys left.
My souls been feeling empty for too long,
So fill er upI wont leave here bereft!
No, nevermore bereft.

Ill take one portion of prosperity
No, make that two, said Peter Pumpkinseed.
Or three! You see, I plan to share my plate
With people from North Down-And-Out, in need.
They surely are in need!

A ladleful of love is what Id like,
Said little Lucy Lacewing, only eight.
I want to show the children in my school
That people are to cherish, not to hate;
To play with, never hate.

Well, I need strength, said Sally Scuppernong,
And took a steaming spoonful from the bowl.
The task ahead of me is very great
And I will need some help to reach my goal
My distant, distant goal.

Horatio Hobby spoke up next. My friends,
Ill take a heaping helping of that hope.
My futures so uncertain, so unclear,
Without it, Im not sure that I could cope.
I really couldnt cope.

Just pile my plate with purpose, if you please,
Penelope Paroo said with a smile.
So when Ive had my fill, Ill understand
Why Ive been given time here for a while,
For just a little while.

Jemima Jitterbug reached for dessert
A jelly jar of joy, filled to the brim.
Heres what I needif you dont mind, Ill eat
The whole jar. (Ive been feeling rather grim.)
Uncomfortably grim.

So everyone in Allegorica
Enjoyed a blessing from Gods gracious hand.
From His abundance, each were fully fed,
And thankfulness was sung throughout the land
Gods happy, favored land.

Jan is a Christian who has traveled through sorrow and depression, and has found victory and grace. She dedicates all writings to her Heavenly Father. Check out Jan's website at
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