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The Preacher and the Boy.....

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Balladeer
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0 posted 02-19-2003 08:38 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


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 2003 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 02-19-2003 08:44 PM       View Profile for Justbleu   Email Justbleu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Justbleu's Home Page   View IP for Justbleu

Oh a wonderful submission....it's 'Deer favorite of mine!!!!  I still LOVE this!!!!  I love the truth in this!!!!  

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(big hugggssssssss) God Bless You, sweet friend, oh my gosh, now you seriously have me in tears, as I could picture myself in the shoes of that boy! (wipes tears) When I was 12, I almost gave up on life then I felt God had hugged me that very moment, and that's where I think my life has made a dramatic turning point, so I turned to God at that age and now I forgive those who abused me physically during elementary school, those who teased me of my short height and being too girlish, and I wish them well with all my heart! (smiles) This is precious, sweet friend, this is a message that has to be delivered, you have my most enthusiastic vote, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Balladeer, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."

Shakira

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3 posted 02-19-2003 08:45 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


A perfect example of what
Reflections should offer...
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4 posted 02-19-2003 08:46 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

I agree with the message in this poem! Very well done, Michael!

--Liz

You can sit there and forgive someone until the cows come home, and it won't make a bit of difference until they forgive themselves.

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5 posted 02-19-2003 08:47 PM       View Profile for angsana   Email angsana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angsana

A beautiful poetic story you've penned, Balladeer. Loved the thoughts here.

angsana

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6 posted 02-19-2003 08:48 PM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

NOw Deer... I want my poems next to yours..kinda helps offset my lack or spiritual writing and makes yours look like it is really good.. ( chuckling)

Enjoyed this..and the lesson...
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7 posted 02-19-2003 09:07 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I remember this one...and I still am amazed.

I've said it before and I say I'll again. Your gift of "balladeer" is so polished, you make it look so EASY...because it reads that way. But I know the thought that goes into keeping the meter true, the assonance of internal rhyme, and all of those "tools" that go by unnoticed because it's such a delicious read....

oh my I do go on, don't I?

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Smiling from ear to ear. Wish I could vote twice for this. Everything that Serenity said, though admittedly some of the practical poetry writing forms, etc. go over my head, so far, but I am learning....

I did notice how smooth it flows but the last line, "The Lord looked down and smiled"... I love it. Perfect ending. Fun to reread because it is so well written. Such talent!

Pat


..without surrender, be on good terms with all persons..
        "Desiderata"

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9 posted 02-19-2003 09:21 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

I remember this one too Michael.  Karen made a good point, one I have to remind myself of sometimes.  When I read something that flows this smoothly, it's easy to forget how much time and effort went into writing it and think...I can do that!
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10 posted 02-19-2003 09:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

justbleu...thank you so much! I appreciate you very much..

Noah..yes, I believe you are a very forgiving and kind person. It shows in your words....

Sunshine...peace, light and reflections....thank you!

skyshine...me too! Thank you, Liz...

angsana...I thank you for enjoying my little offering...

Ron...LOL! I can use all the help I can get to make mine look good. Unfortunately, being next to yours wouldn't do it!!

serenity...yes, you DO go on...and please don't everstop!!! Kisses to you for such wonderful thoughts....

Pat...your enjoyment makes me have that same smile from ear to ear. Thank you so much for such kindness...

Duncan....coming from one whose writings are as smooth as that proverbial baby's bottom, my thanks
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Sigh. Is there such a thing as a perfect poem? Yes. I think we've found it.
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I'm so glad I found this beautiful poem.  I love it.  Joyce
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This is absolutely marvellous, I am in awe.

I be me BUT who does me be?

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YES...this is absolutely perfect in every way.
This touches the heart, just as you do.
Love and hugs to you, friend,
~Vicky

"...until you have read the verse on his heart,
you have not truly met the poet.
~vlraynes

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Well you know I like this as I too believe there is good in everyone, absolutely everyone!  
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Oh Michael, another excellent choice for the book, I absolutely love this and SO does my son

You've got my vote!

Maree
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Beautiful........beautiful gem as always a treat my Dear Balladeer



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Michael, I honestly don't know what to say, except.......
.    and *click*

and Hugs  
Ethel
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Oh, I love your sentiments in this piece, sweet poet. A wonderful poem that lights my heart.

Best wishes,
/Kit
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The Lord is not the only One smiling...

Wonnerful, wonnerful, wonnerful!

Warm hugs for a warm heart!
Linda
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Ah yes, I remember it well
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How you ever choose from your amazing cadence kissed archives is beyond me!!
Im just grateful I dont have to ...I got the easy job...reading and voting.

and sending spammy smooches   LOL

" ... And think not, that you can direct the course of love ...
if it finds you worthy ...  it then directs your course."

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Dearest Balladeer - this one gets my vote for sure. Wonderfully written piece. Chris

"Hope" is the thing with feathers-
that perches in the soul....
                  
                       -Emily Dickinson

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Even in Toe?  Ya.... especially in Toe.   I always say God has a sense of humor. You get my vote here too.  Peace!
 
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