Dear Bethel, A Poem of Thanks

By Stephen Copeland, Sounding Board Staff Writer

Dear Bethel,
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To you, I say thank you
for the lessons you’ve taught.
Though Grace gave me knowledge,
it was my heart you sought.
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To you, I say thank you
for humiliation
Whether your eight straight wins,
or your rude invasion
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when you flooded our floor
back in 2007
chanting ‘This is our house’
in arrogant fashion.
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Or the conference title
game just two months after—
Lost by 27—
We heard Lightfoot’s laughter.
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To you, I say thank you
for heartbreak and despair,
Last winter at Bethel—
Tyler Brown’s buzzer-beater,
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Or November of ’08
when we lost in OT,
or their Christian College
Title (2006) that started their streak.
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To you, oh blasted school
that gloats your tradition
I say thank you, Bethel,
for teaching me patience.
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Four treacherous long years
and eight heart-aching games,
all the while knowing one
win would heal all the pain…
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So on December first,
we rolled out of our beds.
Grace took the floor that night
and busted Bethel’s heads,
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thus marking a new era
in case you’re unsure.
Take advice from your slogan,
Bethel: ‘Fear the future.’
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So thanks for the hard lessons,
but those days won’t be missed.
Most of all, Bethel, thanks
for some senior year bliss.
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Though trials may challenge
our inner strength and faith,
droughts can’t last forever.
Joy, soon, comes to replace.

This article was published in the December 3 Edition of Grace’s student newspaper, The Sounding Board.

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