Tulsa, OK, USA
My attempt to join Bal's shadow....
"Hi y'all", he said with a southern drawl
As he took the stand in cape and shawl
"I'm sorry to have kept ya waitin so long,"
His voice was old but yet sing-song.
"I'm now around 80...", he said with a grin
His boyish charm flashing from deep within
"but I feel much younger and you can too.
This tonic I sell can do it for you."
"It's no ordinary tonic", he went on to say,
"It's no accident that I'm here today.
This tonic's a wonder, no doubt about it
You'll wonder how you ever lived without it."
He opened a vial and wafted the scent
Then down towards an old woman he bent.
"Smell that?", he said, asking curiously.
"Smells like everlasting life to me."
The old woman bent inclining her head
She tried hard to smell it, then simply said
"I don't smell a thing, not a thing at all.
"Exactly!", he yelled as he stood again tall.
"You want what I have its abundantly clear,
A cure for your hopes and loves and fear
It's easy to gain, won't cost you a toll
Just your faith your trust and your soul."
"You see this tonic I have in this vial,"
He alluded again and said with a smile,
"Is more than a liquid gleaned from man
It will cure all your ills as only it can."
"It's God's own love, which is freely given,
Given to those who will only accept him.
I wish you could feel as I do right now
And listen closely and I'll tell you how."
"Don't place your faith in immortal potion
Or curses or hexes or things of that notion,
Just simply believe that He gave his Son
To die on the cross for everyone."
I smiled with a tear at his simple solution
That we had been led to believe was a potion.
I knelt there that day, near the old man
And gave all to God, now I understand.
Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
[This message has been edited by RSEvans (edited 11-17-1999).]