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The Preacher and the boy.......

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Balladeer
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The preacher watched the little boy as he walked through the church,
Looked under all the rows of pews as though he were in search
Of something he had dropped, perhaps, now lying on the floor...
But then he checked the altar and he looked behind the door.

The boy then checked the bathrooms and he searched the nursery
And, as he watched, the preacher smiled with curiosity
Till finally he approached the lad and said, "Excuse me, son.
Did you lose something here or are you just out having fun?"

"My momma said that God lives here", the boy said with a frown.
"But I've been looking everywhere. He must not be around."
The preacher smiled at that small child and said, "No, that's not true
Our God is here, you precious lad. He's there inside of you."

"Inside of me!?", the boy exclaimed. "Well, would you not get mad
If I just take him home with me to meet my mom and dad?"
"Not mad at all", the preacher said. "There really is no call.
You see, my son, the fact is that our God is in us all."

"No way!", the boy cried. "Don't tell me he's in that bully Spike
Who punches me in school all day and stole my brother's bike!
Or what about the counselors who scream at me in school
Or grandma when she comes around and treats me mean and cruel?"

"Them, too", the preacher said, "and you can take it for a fact
That God's in everyone you see, no matter how they act.
It may be hard believing when you see the things some do
But, though the devil's present, know that God is in there, too."

"Then I guess I should love all men", the little boy replied.
"Ain't right to hate nobody, knowin' they've got God inside.
I'll try to live my life the best I can to show I care
For everyone, no matter what, 'cause I know God's in there."

The boy then turned away and, in the middle of his walk,
He called back to the preacher,"Hey! I'm glad we had this talk!"
"I'm glad we had it, too." he whispered to the little child
And, somewhere high above them both, the Lord looked down and smiled.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
doreen peri
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1 posted 09-01-99 07:07 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

My dear Ballad-man...... i tried to respond to this in Closed Poetry without success....

This, I think, is destined to become my very favorite of everything I've read authored by you! This is a truly wonderful poem. Thank you for writing it.
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2 posted 09-01-99 07:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Doreen. That means very much to me, coming from you.
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Ballader you do the Master proud! I tried to respond to this last night, I guess it didn't work. Well done! I love that part, that we should not hate anyone cause God is in us all! I just loved this!!!
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Balladeer.....I love this view from a childs eyes. God, what an amazing concept to to explain to the young when even we at this age only partially understand.
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You have always had the ability to make be laugh and to make me cry with every poem you write...this one made me do both at the same time. Wonderful!
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Another great one Balladeer! Wouldn't it be a quite different world if we all saw God in each other! Imagine! Would it actually be a pleasure driving to work?!
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Thanks, friends.

Denise, it will never be a pleasure driving to work! They go like the devil!!!
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AWESOME....!!!


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I think I saw this somewhere before...hmmm... could it be.. YES! In Open #1 and I still love it. My favorite Balladeer poem of Open #2 so far!! hehe
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10 posted 09-02-99 12:22 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Balladeer...this is so poignant!!! I love it!!!
You are a talent to reckon with.

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Words lay dormant in the recesses of the mind til called forth to a labor of love. By WildChild

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11 posted 09-02-99 12:39 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thanks, Nan and Lucie.

No, WildChild, I'm a wreck to talent with!

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 09-02-99).]
Dark Angel
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This is such a beautiful poem.I also loved the part where it says, we should not hate anyone cause god is in us all. Beautifully written Balladeer
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Sir Balladeer: Another fine offering from the greatness that is your collective work. Once again I bow to you and yours and thank you for a most enjoyable read.
Talia
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My dear Balladeer, I've wandered through verse of so many other, but I always come back to you to see what you've brought to share. I love my God, and I'm sure he smiled down on you for your wonderful work. You've given me a smile today that I'm sure will last forever. Thank you.
Nicole
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15 posted 09-03-99 12:23 PM       View Profile for Nicole   Email Nicole   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Nicole

Wonderful words, wonderfully written, wonderful message...

btw...did I mention your piece is wonderful??
Mark R.
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Dear Balladeer, your talent is unsurpassed. You have outdone yourself once again. Your writing inspires me so much, I only wish I could write with such skill. Kudos to you, and thanks again for your sharing of such a masterpiece....
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17 posted 09-03-99 01:32 PM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

He is pretty amazing isn't he?....
Craig
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Yep....
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There is no one here I will ever forget. Never.
Wolfgang
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excellent, excellent piece.
Justbleu
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I loved reading your poem, it painted a cute picture in my mind!!! Thank You!!!

I'm new around here and am quite enjoying all the poetry!!
redwriter1
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OK.. where do i buy the book.?

The "answer" book....

well done and well thought out..


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Kay-lynn
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lovely ending.....:-)
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I missed this, but once again, wonderful one. Reminds me of the Golden Rule.
 
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