"Poetic Parables, Songs and Poems from an imperfect pen" is the first attempt at publishing for the author/composer, Vickie L. Detert. With the Lord and his gifts as inspiration, there are many more works waiting their turn to be shared. Their message of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope and love have been blessings to Miss Detert and others. Now, her prayer is to share them with as many as God is willing and she trusts He will guide them through each and every word. An added bonus to the music portion of this book is that each song is presented twice. The first presentation is as melody, chords and lyrics. The second is with a piano accompaniment. In most of the later, you will also find the pieces are written in a slightly lower key, thus giving the singers a choice of range. Miss Vickie L. Detert has been a life-long Christian who has, as most Christians, faced many of life's challenges with her God-given faith being the answer, the hope and the strength she has needed. As far back as she can remember, music and faith have walked hand in hand and so despite being convinced at a young age that writing was not one of her gifts, it was not surprising that in 1978 she began writing and composing pieces reflective of her faith. As a music teacher and church musician, Miss Detert has shared much of her writings with friends, family and local congregations. Now, she hopes the Lord will use this book to reach out and bless all of those who are moved to open it's cover and look within. Her wish is that God use her work to bring others closer to Him as it has done for her.