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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

TOMELY TRAVELS

 
             I SPENT A LOVELY WEEK IN ZANZIBAR
            CLIMBED THE EIFFEL TOWER IN FRANCE
            WAS ABOARD THE YORKTOWN WHEN SHE SANK
            SWAM WITH SHARKS AND TOOK A CHANCE

            I’VE RAFTED DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI
            KILLED AND SKINNED A BEAR JUST FOR FUN
            WITH A SWORD I FOUGHT A DEADLY DUEL
            FOR THE LOVE OF A WOMAN I’D WON

            JUMPED OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD AIRPLANE
            EATEN KANGAROO WITH ABORIGINES
            SPENT A FRIGID DAY ATOP MACH PICHU
            FOR YEARS SAILED THE SEVEN SEAS
                
            GOT HOPELESSLY LOST IN DARKEST AFRICA
            SCORED AND WON A CLOSELY CONTESTED GAME
            RACED THRU THE HEAVENS ABOARD A SPACESHIP
             A CIRCUS HAD LIONS AND TIGERS TO TAME

            I GOT KILLED AND SCALPED BY A WILD INDIAN
            IN A LION’S DEN WAS RIPPED TO SHREDS
            I WAS BETRAYED, CAUGHT, HUNG AS A SPY
            IN VIET NAM I WAS SHOT AND LEFT FOR DEAD

            ALL OF THESE THINGS I CAN SAY I’VE DONE
            SAFE AT HOME, RELAXED IN MY EASY CHAIR
            WITH OPEN BOOK I’VE EXPLORED THE WORLD
            THRU ITS PAGES MY CURIOSITY TAKES ME THERE

Monday, August 15, 2022

TITUS CHEEVERS

 

Titus Cheevers was in jail
Had been there for many years
A man not to mess with
Did his best to generate fear

The leader of the Cheevers gang
Wasn’t a crime they wouldn’t do
Robbery, burglary, selling drugs
Were examples, to name a few

One day Titus got caught
Found guilty, sentenced to forty years
An inmate to be reckoned with
Using tactics of mostly fear

Then one day he was cornered
By four men carrying shivs
Almost dead, took to the infirmary
The doctor doubted that he’d live

While in his bed King Jesus came
Stood over him through the night
Titus Cheevers felt something new
As peace overcame his fright

Jesus softly whispered in his ear
Told Titus he loved him, indeed
Told him on the cross He died
How the beating made Him bleed

Skeptical Old Titus was at first
Until Jesus showed him His scars
He looked into those gentle eyes
Realized his sinning had gone too far

Old Titus Cheevers, he got saved
His sinful days are now long past
In his cell, he has Bible studies
Touting his salvation, here to last

Old Titus Cheevers, he has changed
No longer is he a man to be feared
He led many inmates to the Lord
He ministered all his remaining years