Sister Sunday

Sister Sunday and a stack of bibles sat by the vestibule,

A beautiful lady in a strapless dress settled in the front right pew.

 

The organist commenced, as the church bells faded,

And the choir began to sing.

 

A gospel tune from long ago,

In a time when cotton was king.

 

The day was hot, and the windows was raised,

As the paper fans waved about.

 

The preacher was standing in the center of the church,

When he began to shout.

 

Thank you, Lord,

For the things we have,

And the sunshine you brought our way.

 

Thank you, Lord,

For Miss Tillies pies,

And the fried chicken Miss Ruth did make.

 

And then in a voice you could hear clear to heaven,

The Preacher shouted and said.

 

IT’S ABOUT!

Not the taking, but the giving,

Not the anger, but the love,

Not the hate, but forgiveness,

Thank you,

Jesus,

From above.

 

Then he twirled around like a ballet man,

And walked out the church front doors.

 

Leaving us there stupefied,

As he shouted one time more.

 

Look inside the heart you have and the goodness in this world,

For with His mighty power held,

Your fears should be ignored!

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Johnny Johnstonhttp://www.blufengr-art.com/
An artist/writer as well as graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in journalism/20th Century American Literature, and retired senior executive of several international hotel/resort corporations, Johnny is the product of the south having been raised in the ever-changing transient lifestyle of a Carolina coastal resort. A point where he discovered, within his 300-year-old heritage and the world's dramatic social/cultural shifts during the late '60s to early 80’s an ambitious hunger and overwhelming curiosity to touch, see and become a participant in the virtually unlimited possibilities offered to those who wish for and seek life experiences. A journey which when hearing its details initially makes one a bit skeptical, questioning its validity as it is hard to imagine that incidents such as these may have crossed one man’s lifetime. This is the fodder required to step into zones exposing one's personal inner self, which many of his paintings and the words he writes do, openly. An ability to see and hear the tragic, beautiful, accomplished, exciting journey in a life free of inhibitions allowing others the opportunity to live vicariously and become, through his works, a part of its future. His larger works which have been featured in several Colorado and Fredericksburg Texas galleries and resorts have produced a number of collectors and fans. However, over the years, his paintings are mostly viewed by friends, enthusiastic new artist encountered on the streets or a small number of acquaintances he meets when dining in local cafés with his wife.

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    • Thank you buddy. I may rewrite the back half as I wasn’t pleased with how I closed it and felt it could have become a greater piece. I loved its beginning but felt like I needed to get it out there so I rushed it a bit. Hope you guys are well and hunkered down with all that’s going on. Be safe J

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