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Say hello to God for me

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Balladeer
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0 posted 06-17-99 03:45 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Billy was a poor, young boy
Who lived on the edge of town.
His father was a drunkard and
His mother quite unsound.

His clothes were tattered, ripped and torn;
His family numbered ten
But no complaint escaped his lips -
Young Billy was my friend.

When Billy asked to go to church,
His father gave a silent stare.
He didn't believe in foolish things
Like church, religion or prayer.

Each Sunday as I walked to church
And passed his house, I'd see
His small face at the window, calling
"Say hello to God for me!"

He'd have his face pressed to the glass
As he waved and called out happily
Those words that meant so much to him,
"Hey! Say hello to God for me!"

He went through many hardships
And the times were pretty rough.
Anyone with a weaker faith
Would have probably screamed, "Enough!"

But, every Sunday as I passed,
I knew what my next sight would be -
Billy's little smiling face
Calling, "Say hello to God for me!"

I guess you know what happened next,
The fire at the edge of town,
And Billy being asleep in bed
As his house burned to the ground.

Now, as I sit in church and pray,
I know where Billy has to be
As I whisper to the sky above

"OK, Billy.
Now YOU say hello to God for me."
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Augchic711
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1 posted 06-17-99 03:53 PM       View Profile for Augchic711   Email Augchic711   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Augchic711

Balla-
As I said before you are extremely talented and you moved me with your poetry thank you for sharing it with me and I hope you continue. I hope one day my poetry will be as good as yours is !!!!!

*******augchic711*******
Balladeer
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2 posted 06-17-99 04:04 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, Augchic-, for your kind words. As long as you put the absolute best of what you can do into your poetry, it will be as good as anyone elses. The only competition lies within ourselves. But I'm flattered. Thank you.
Craig
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3 posted 06-17-99 04:31 PM       View Profile for Craig   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Craig

Well done Balladeer, may I now tip my hat to you.
jfreak
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4 posted 06-17-99 06:52 PM       View Profile for jfreak   Email jfreak   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for jfreak

Dude I am sitting here speechless!!!! Literally, I am choking back a tear. (I am not joking either.) This poem totally moved me. It is so true though. People that live with such hardships are the ones that usually have the greatest faith in God and the ones that have had it so easy(in my opinion probably b/c God blesses them) are the ones to just ignore him. This is an OUTSTANDING poem. I just love it. Keep it up balladeer.

Jfreak
Balladeer
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5 posted 06-17-99 07:54 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, jfreak. Having someone moved by one's work is the greatest compliment of all. Appreciate it!
Nan
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6 posted 06-17-99 08:52 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Thanks, M&M
ac
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7 posted 06-17-99 10:27 PM       View Profile for ac   Email ac   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ac

This moved me so...I had to send it to some friends, it just wouldn't be fair to be moved alone...
Poet deVine
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8 posted 06-17-99 10:33 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

What a lovely poem! You have such a diverse bag of goodies there, sir! Can't wait to read the next one!
fjones
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9 posted 06-17-99 11:23 PM       View Profile for fjones   Email fjones   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fjones

Everyone speaks of your talent and rightly so but what you also have is wisdom and insight. You express such empathy for your fellow man.
Sunshine
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10 posted 06-28-99 04:16 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you, but again, your age? Not to be impolite, but your words speak with wisdom, and unless you are a reader renown, you thus have age on your side. Wonderful. Thanks.
Balladeer
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11 posted 06-28-99 05:04 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

53, Sunshine. Going on 90 and still acting like 25.
Moonlight
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12 posted 06-28-99 07:13 PM       View Profile for Moonlight   Email Moonlight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Moonlight's Home Page   View IP for Moonlight

I LOVE IT!!
It gave me goose bumps...


~M~
Lost Dreamer
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13 posted 06-28-99 07:37 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This truely brought a tears to my eyes, I am so glad I have been graced with the pleasure of your abilities to reach so many levels with your poetry.
DreamEvil
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14 posted 06-28-99 10:34 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Excellent, it moved me immensely!

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Patience is a virtue, but virtue has never been one of my redeeming qualities.

Balladeer
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15 posted 06-28-99 11:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

To all of you...please, please, please accept my warmest thanks!
elvira
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16 posted 07-17-99 04:28 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

Balladeer, you always aim straight for my heart, thank you for all your great works

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Childhood Memories...your countenance...hoarse whispers...My One and Only...Tribute to M.J... serving wench...stolen hours...devotion...Master...apart...


Cinderella
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17 posted 07-17-99 07:13 PM       View Profile for Cinderella   Email Cinderella   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cinderella

What more can I say? All of the comments stated above so true and you touched me!
~one voice~
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18 posted 07-17-99 07:46 PM       View Profile for ~one voice~   Email ~one voice~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ~one voice~

Balladeer, this is so sad...it really touched my heart...even though being sad, it is so very touching. ~one voice~
hoot_owl_rn
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19 posted 07-17-99 10:32 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

This is a wonderful piece of work. So sad and yet it rings so true. Wonderful rythym and rhyme.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
poetFemmeFatale
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20 posted 08-15-99 12:42 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

I found this exquisite piece and thought it deserved a big KICK back to the top - let's rack up some more points for this one ! Balladeer, this was unbelievable.....you know I mean that. Wow..

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- poet FemmeFatale

"The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone..." Henrik Ibsen (1826-1906) Norwegian dramatist lyric poet

Tara Simms
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21 posted 08-15-99 12:51 AM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Balladeer, that was a very inspiring piece. If only everyone had that kind of faith.
moonmoon
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Balladeer,
Your poems fill me with awe sir...



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"No one was ever ruined from without;
The final ruin comes from within." Amelia E. Barr

Delores Hall
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23 posted 08-15-99 01:40 AM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

Very touching poem Ballader.
Karibear
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24 posted 08-15-99 02:01 AM       View Profile for Karibear   Email Karibear   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Karibear's Home Page   View IP for Karibear

Wow!!!!

I'm a Christian and I'm one of those blessed with a great family and all that, and this poem can really make you think about those who never get a chance to worship God. It can stand for those who are persecuted for what they believe in. Thank you for this wonderful poem.

Kari

P.S. this is my Fav verse

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." ~Psalms 3:5-6

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Turn your face to the sunlight and you shall not see the shadow.
-- Helen Keller
 
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