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0 posted 2000-06-23 10:46 PM

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 2000 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
Janet Marie
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since 2000-01-22
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1 posted 2000-06-23 10:58 PM

you just need to be kissed for this one
man oh man...I do so love when you write like this.

doreen peri
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since 1999-05-25
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2 posted 2000-06-23 10:58 PM

You are music, m'friend... you have the Ballad inside of you... and every time I read your words, it gives me chills!

I remember this one ... it's so well crafted! Excellent poetry! Vote's in here!

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3 posted 2000-06-24 02:05 AM

Another classic...
Dark Angel
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since 1999-08-04
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4 posted 2000-06-24 04:25 AM

Oh I remember this one Deer, this is first class writing, absolutley beautiful!!  
you've got my vote  

My grief lies onward and my joy behind

linda munday
since 2000-06-17
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Adelaide, Australia
5 posted 2000-06-24 05:30 AM

How do you get the time and the inspiration.
Very very good..Linda M.

Member Empyrean
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Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
6 posted 2000-06-24 03:35 PM pucker is on standby! Thank you, my friend.  

Doreen...I still remember the wonderful comment you posted the first time I posted this poem. It did, and still, means a lot. Thank you...

Mike....Thank you, sir,  for your comment and vote.

DarkAngel...I'll take your vote, and your beautiful comment, with pleasure  

linda...inspiration is easy. Time? Now that's another story! Thank you for being here...

brian madden
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since 2000-05-06
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7 posted 2000-06-24 04:14 PM

a wonderful story/ballad.   much enjoyed.  
lovely charming.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Jeffrey Carter
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State of constant confusion!
8 posted 2000-06-24 04:35 PM

I changed my mind! This is my favorite!

Geeze! Why must you make my mind work so hard?

All my love,

I lie awake in a world filled with dreams,
but dreams can be so real when you don't know you're asleep

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since 1999-06-15
Posts 568
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
9 posted 2000-06-24 04:59 PM

Balladeer my friend! I remeber this one well, has always been one of my favorites of yours!!! This is a must for the book...
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New York, USA
10 posted 2000-06-24 06:41 PM

Wow Balladeer....I have a new favorite poem.  This is simply awesome.  I love it.  Bonnie
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Member Rara Avis
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11 posted 2000-06-24 06:44 PM

Very cute. It got me to smile (and my vote).


Member Seraphic
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12 posted 2000-06-24 09:04 PM

This is one that I shall never forget! Wonderfully done, Balladeer! Definitely among the best of your best!


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13 posted 2000-06-25 12:48 PM

I'm glad i read this one...
i've learnt a lesson...
thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of work

If all was light...then I would have never learnt the dark...from which such truth evolves
from which evolves the light...
Avanti Rao

Sudhir Iyer
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since 2000-04-26
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Mumbai, India : now in Belgium
14 posted 2000-06-25 08:50 AM

Oh! The Goodness of it all...

Balladeer, each poem of yours makes me respect you even more...and I had started from 100% respect (and they tell me there is nothing more than 100%)...

regards, sudhir

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee,
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

- John Donne

Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley
15 posted 2000-06-25 10:16 AM

Perfect! Nothing more to be said.....  
Member Rara Avis
since 1999-07-22
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16 posted 2000-06-25 10:18 PM

Oh, do I remember this one! And oh, did I ever need to read it again!  

Among my favorites Michael! And what timing, it's making me put myself in check!

X Angel
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since 1999-11-07
Posts 1521
17 posted 2000-06-28 01:57 PM

I'm sure He is smiling.
Beautiful work 'Deer

Not A Poet
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since 1999-11-03
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Oklahoma, USA
18 posted 2000-06-28 02:16 PM

Indeed a beautiful poem and a classic story well told.


Andrew Scott
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since 1999-06-24
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19 posted 2000-06-28 03:27 PM

Like a fine wine it just gets better with every sip.  If there is anyone who should have their own book in PIP it is you.  So many of your works stick out in my mind as worthy of such recognition... this being one.  Sir Balladeer... I bow to you and yours with the most sincere admiration.
serenity blaze
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20 posted 2000-07-07 06:21 AM

How'd I miss this one?  *pant*  running around just trying to keep up...
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21 posted 2000-07-07 12:09 PM

Magnificent,Sir !  
Get's my
vote fur shure!  


~My Skipper Jim
I love you!
Your Lady June~

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since 1999-07-23
Posts 3508
Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion
22 posted 2000-07-07 04:07 PM

hmmppphhh - making all the gals swoon - I could do that too if I had your talent and way with words - great job, 'Deer
Member Seraphic
since 1999-05-20
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Cape Cod Massachusetts USA
23 posted 2000-07-08 08:45 PM

I'm smilin'..

Geoffrey Sonnen
since 2000-07-05
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Reading, PA USA
24 posted 2000-07-08 10:27 PM

Just beautiful ! The last line is my favorite. Would like to read more like this that have to do with thought provoking messages about Love and Spirituality and Understanding. Thank you for sharing !
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25 posted 2000-07-08 10:39 PM

You touch our hearts -
and we are richer for it.
Cuddling up with verses from your pen
makes for a wonderful evening.

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~

Kit McCallum
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since 2000-04-30
Posts 14774
Ontario, Canada
26 posted 2000-07-14 08:17 PM

This "might" be my favorite so far!!! But don't hold me to it!

(click, click, click, click, click)  

Best wishes,

Tennessee Angel
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27 posted 2000-07-15 12:39 PM

Wonderful!!  Wonderful!!! Wonderful!!!  
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28 posted 2000-08-02 03:11 PM

Tugging at my heart strings here.
Wonderful read.    


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since 2000-05-13
Posts 3552
High Springs, Florida
29 posted 2000-08-03 12:10 PM

great story!  cant help but love it  

and with rhyme too??  wow!  wonderful writing  


"Half of what i say is meaningless; but i say it so that the other half may reach you."
-Kahlil Gibran

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