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A lighthearted story (you know me *g*)

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LngJhnAg
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Debate
Long John

About 1,000 years ago in the city we call Rome,
The Pope decided it was time for all the Jews to go.
And so he met the Rabbis to tell them to vacate,
His Holy Roman Empire, the seat of God's estate.

The Rabbis asked the Pope to give them a fair shake,
Just one chance to sway him in an open-air debate.
The Pope was sure of being right so he agreed to their request.
"The Lord is on my side, so I'll debate your best."

Now Moishe was a good man, a few years past his prime,
Though not their best teacher, the Rabbis thought he'd do just fine.
When Moishe met with the Pope for the debate out in the street,
He said, "Lets make this interesting, neither one of us should speak."

The Pope was sure of his righteousness (he knew that he would win),
And so he said, "That's fine with me, so let the debate begin."
The Pope raised three fingers, pointing toward the sky.
Moishe thought a moment, then raised one finger in reply.

Then the Pope raised his hand, and waved it all around,
Moishe pondered but a second, then pointed at the ground.
The Pope then raised a chalice, filled with bright red wine,
And showed in his other hand some wafers, alabaster white.

Moishe paused a moment, then showed an apple, firm and bright,
"I concede I acted hastily," is all the Holy Pope replied.
And thus the debate ended, and the Jews were allowed to stay,
In their homes in Holy Rome, and weren't forced to move away.

The cardinals met with the Pope, to ask what had been said,
And why it was the Jews had won, and not the Pope instead.
"When I raised three fingers, for the Holy Trinity,
Moishe raised one finger, for in one God we all believe."

"When I waved my hand, to show God was all around,
Moishe remarked God is here, by pointing at the ground."
"When I showed the wine and bread for absolution of our sin,
Moishe showed an apple, for where all our sins begin."

"I realized Moishe had an answer for every point I made,
So perhaps it would be better if we allowed the Jews to stay."
The rabbis met with Moishe, to asked what he'd replied,
When the Pope was positive that God was on his side.

"The Pope signed we'd be leaving Rome within the next three days.
I replied not one Jew would leave; that we were here to stay."
"The Pope said he'd scatter us to the corners of the Earth.
I said we would stay right here, where our children were given birth."

"I remained firm in my stance, though I'd fallen far behind,
It was then the Pope took out his bread and his cup of wine.
I thought it was kind of early, the morning was hardly through,
But I decided to pause with him and take out my lunch, too."


[This message has been edited by LngJhnAg (edited 07-29-99).]
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LngJhnAg
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1 posted 07-28-99 10:39 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Yanno, I worked my lil tail off on this one - I ain't gonna let it slide off the bottom of the list without even ONE comment - lol
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2 posted 07-28-99 10:45 PM       View Profile for Seeking77   Email Seeking77   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seeking77

Here is your ONE comment...but I still have no idea what I just read...help me out...Xplain!
LngJhnAg
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3 posted 07-28-99 10:52 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

A friend of mine told me this story. Its a joke about miscommunication - the Pope was on one channel, Moishe on another (more secular) channel. The challenge for me was to rewrite the story as a poem, and make the punchline come out as the last line.
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4 posted 07-28-99 10:58 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

oops - I forgot to add.. All poetry need not be serious or profound. I write poetry for the pure joy of turning a phrase, making thoughts flow smoothly, and giving a part of myself to others. I believe that a person isn't a poet if his heart doesn't sing when the words begin to flow. I'm not always striving to be profound, but I am always striving to be a poet.
elvira
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5 posted 07-28-99 11:14 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

i enjoy a good light-hearted poem

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I will live my life as i, will undoubtedly die - alone ~~~Morrissey~~~
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6 posted 07-28-99 11:49 PM       View Profile for Delores Hall   Email Delores Hall   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Delores Hall

Good work.What an imagination.
Princess Lily
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7 posted 07-29-99 12:27 AM       View Profile for Princess Lily   Email Princess Lily   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Princess Lily

This was very good.Keep up the wonderful work!~Lily

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We see only what we want to see~unless perhaps~we believe

*A rose is a rose it withers and dies...so long as you keep it the memories stay alive*

LngJhnAg
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8 posted 07-29-99 09:18 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

elvira, Delores and Lily,

Thank you for your comments - I was beginning to think I'd been ostracized for my sacreligious poem.
deannamarie
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9 posted 07-29-99 10:39 AM       View Profile for deannamarie   Email deannamarie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for deannamarie

I understood this. The miscommunication was very ironic ( is that the right word?) Witty and clever.

[This message has been edited by deannamarie (edited 07-29-99).]
elvira
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10 posted 07-29-99 10:40 AM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

...er...well...i must admit...the vatican contacted me and asked for your e-mail address

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If I had my mouth I would bite.
If I had my liberty I would do my liking.
In the mean time, let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me. ~~~Shakespeare~~~
blueloon
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11 posted 07-29-99 10:45 AM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

While reading this i had to LOL do to the fact that my dearest mother is a born again...I may have to e-mail her this very poem to allow her to see there is always more ways than one! Thank you Sir John.
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whew!!! Somebody DID get the punchline. Thank you one and all.

Lady Blue

I hope your Mom has a sense of humor - some people go way overboard on any form of religious humor. Strange, eh?
blueloon
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13 posted 07-29-99 11:04 AM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

Sir John,

Tit tis strange how one shall read religious humor, but I? I let my laughter be heard by my own God and that is the only thing that matters...LOL...
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14 posted 07-29-99 11:13 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

And LongJohn my dear friend...you haven't changed a lick have ya?...Great Poem...
LngJhnAg
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Toe!!!

How are ya, you old reprobate! I've really missed your humor. I'm glad you dropped by. Is Belle coming along?
Toerag
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Gonna tell her about it in a few minutes LJA....thanks for pointing me in this direction......nice place....
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Yanno LongJohn......I remember the poem about the "Trek in the blizzard"...that would be ideal for here...don't ya think?
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18 posted 07-29-99 12:06 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Hiya, reprobate... Belle has arrived! *G* And I agree with Toe... that blizzard outing deserves an encore appearance!
LngJhnAg
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19 posted 07-29-99 12:08 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

well.... I gotta go find it first. And then I gotta hope that mentioning a brand name product will not get me too much chastizing.
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20 posted 06-14-2010 02:38 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

lol
Amaryllis
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21 posted 06-14-2010 03:31 PM       View Profile for Amaryllis   Email Amaryllis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Amaryllis

Lol! Great one, this  
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22 posted 12-28-2010 06:50 PM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

Reading this all over and I really did and do now enjoy it. You were so prolific.Come back please. martyjo/latearrival
 
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