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An Uplifting Tale

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wayoutwalt
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in plain type is the american boy's tale
in bold type is the china boy's tale    

I like to watch my Daddy laugh
I like to watch my Momma too
Passing round the coffee table
A project like family’s do

I like to watch my father preach
And mother pray for us all
We have to pretend we’re tourists
In a bus that soon will stall


I like to peel off the labels
Place them on the paper colored brown
Why must the wrapping be so blah?
Why not a sports car or a clown

I have a Bible it is brand new
There’s no dedication or a name
If it were discovered I could die
For all of China it's the same


These Bibles look quite funny
The letters all look the same
I think just for the fun of it
In one I’ll write my name

My mother told me never bring
My Bible on our mission trip
Where we are forced to hold our church
To escape Red China’s grip


So Mommy and Daddy and me
We take them to the pastor
He gives us another load to wrap
And we pledge to do them faster

I ask my mother why we’ve stopped
She pleads I be quiet and just pray
But silently my little dear
And we shall be free another day


I feel so good to help another
Even if I’ll never meet them
They I hear are suffering
I wish somehow to greet them

“What is this a Bible I see?”
The officer flips through my book
I prayed he would be kind to us
And I saw surprise in his look


Where are the presents right now?
The Bibles we mailed way back
I hope they are doing quite good
As Bibles they do have that knack

“It’s not mine…” “Silence I say!”
“Sir we chartered this forsaken bus
What is found in it officer
Can’t be proven belongs to us!”


It feels so good to share my time
With my family and with God
I love to send these Bibles
Even if the languages are odd

“You are saved all you wretches
In English written here in blue
‘Hi my name is Matthew D.’
So I’ve no proof it belongs to you”


I wonder where that one Bible is
You know the one I wrote my name
I hope someone got a real kick
Our languages really are the same

Our little blessed congregation
Will study the Word how we must
There'll be more Bibles I’m not saddened
In our God we place our trust






[This message has been edited by wayoutwalt (edited 05-23-2000).]
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ESP
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1 posted 05-23-2000 02:59 PM       View Profile for ESP   Email ESP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ESP

This is a lovely little poem-story, Walt! I love your style!

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


 "Poetry is the true expression of my soul, it is my ultimate means of communication. It is my rainbow of delight."
netswan
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2 posted 05-23-2000 04:56 PM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

wow Walt. I wonder where that Bible is, too.
I hope someone did get a kick out of it -
languages are the same in so many ways.
Enjoyed - this    made me smile

~netswan
wayoutwalt
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3 posted 05-23-2000 08:17 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

yuh this is a tale about what i been hearin on the radio about what is goin on in China
Denise
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4 posted 05-23-2000 09:10 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

We sometimes forget how hard it is in other countries to be a Christian. We take our freedoms for granted here. Thanks for the reminder, Walt, and I just felt a little nudge to pray for the oppressed in other places.

Denise
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5 posted 05-23-2000 09:16 PM       View Profile for Angel   Email Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Angel

That was so good it made me cry  . Thanks for the reminder of things we take for granted. It was simply awesome. Wow

~Susie


 "If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "Driftwood"

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6 posted 05-23-2000 10:57 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

We are free indeed! In more than one way.

Walt you've done a great job showing what drastic difference there is just trying to practice faith in God from one place to another!  You should have blessed us in Spiritual with this. I hope you will when you're done with it here. Have someone move it over for you ok?

I love it, it's a terrific piece!


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God does have a sense humor. Just take a look at the platypus!
wayoutwalt
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7 posted 05-24-2000 02:00 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

thank you all its a sad plight for them on the other side yuh
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8 posted 05-24-2000 02:54 AM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

i'll keep out the sentiment, the morality play (and even the capital letters) in my reply. you manage to take a sore subject and make it fun to read, as well as help us understand it more. thanks for that, walt. keep writin'!

m.
wayoutwalt
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9 posted 05-24-2000 01:37 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

the capital letters im intrigued o well tiz a tale of two cities
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