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Author Name: Freezeric64 2 Comments
Date Added: June 27, 2004 00:06:59 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Baptist Men's Day
Once a year in churches, at least in the Southeast

The ladies rest and watch the men

It starts with a morning feast

Runny grits and rock-hard eggs

Hash brown potatoes a bit too gray

Burnt toast and doughy biscuits

But the bacon is perfect and the ham is the best

Link and patty sausage a bit too cooked, but

The redeye gravy could win a prize

Everyone stands in line while the men serve the food

Brother Frank at the front of the line, several times

The oldest deacon then prays

Families sit together, while children giggle

“It’s not really church yet, can we go outside and play?”

Watching the cleanup is comedy in motion

Thanks to Heaven for paper plates, and plastic forks and cups

Sunday School is normal, but worship service is not

Then men run the program-though scripted, things happen

First the usual prayers and songs

Only men in the choir

Then the pulpit goes to the men

Dedications from sons to fathers, and some to brothers

The oldest man there is recognized, and the youngest

The men away in the service are remembered

A trio takes the stage: Grandfather, Father, and Son

Singing the same hymns we sing every Sunday

Some of the worst singing ever heard

Next it is the schoolboy with a trumpet or sax

He’s been playing almost 6 months

Now it is the Preacher’s turn

A long sermon while we sit and listen and

Look around to see who lost the fight with sleep

5 minutes before Noon, the invitational hymn

A rededication of life, and a new member to the church

Then we all go home

Probably still the same, these days

(I have not seen this thing in years)

Tell me.......

If the breakfast is so bland

And the singing so bad

Why do I miss it so much?

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Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on July 5, 2004 11:31:47 PM Report
It's the hymns, brother Eric. Bad as the singing was, the hymns were hypnotic--especially at Wednesday night prayer service. I still miss it too. This is good work. I felt I was right in the middle of it. Thanks for a sentimental journey. ML
Comment By: FreeCorina on June 27, 2004 11:01:01 AM Report
Beautiful....and very smart write.



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