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Poetry

Gene Stecher

JESUS' SERMON FROM THE BOAT

Later composed and sung by Don Williams: "I Believe in You."[1]

I don't believe in superstars, Scholars' privileges: Lk 20:46, .61

Organic food and foreign cars. Son of Adam in Israel: Mt 10:23, Black
I don't believe the price of gold; Difficult with money: Mk 10:23, .55
The certainty of growing old. Executed by the authorities, Red (AOJ, p. 567)
That right is right and left is wrong, Left and right hands: Mt 6:3, .60
That north and south can't get along. Before the Judge: Lk 12:58-59, .53
That east is east and west is west. Gathering from the 4 winds: Mk 13:27, Black
And being first is always best. First and Last: Mt 20:16, .58

But I believe in love. Love of enemies: Lk 6:276b, .84
I believe in babies. Children in God's domain: Mk 10:14b, .52
I believe in Mom and Dad. Good gifts for children: Mt 7:11a .59
And I believe in you. Shrewd Manager: Lk 16:1-8a, .77

Well, I don't believe that heaven waits,
For only those who congregate. The assassin: Thom 98:1-3, .63
I like to think of God as love: Good gifts from God: Mt 7:11b, .59
He's down below, He's up above.
He's watching people everywhere. Coming of God's imperial rule: Thom 113:2-4, .59
He knows who does and doesn't care. The Samaritan: Lk 10:30-35, .81
And I'm an ordinary man,
Sometimes I wonder who I am. By their fruit: Mt 7:16b, .69

But I believe in love. Better than sinners, love: Lk 6:32, .56
I believe in music. Children in the market place: Lk 7:32, Gray
I believe in magic. Jesus drove out demons, Red (AOJ, p. 566)
And I believe in you. Prodigal son: Lk 15:11-32, .70

Well, I know with all my certainty,
What's going on with you and me,
Is a good thing. The dinner party: Thom 64:1-11, .69
It's true, I believe in you. Ask, seek, knock: Mt 7:7-8. .51

I don't believe virginity,
Is as common as it used to be. Castration for heaven: Mt 19:12a, .70
In working days and sleeping nights,
That black is black and white is white. Rich farmer: Thom 63:1-6, .60
That Superman and Robin Hood,
Are still alive in Hollywood. Saving one's life: Lk 17:33, .52
That gasoline's in short supply,
The rising cost of getting by. Instructions for the road, house & meal: Lk 10:7-8, .52

But I believe in love. Forgiveness for forgiveness: Lk 6:37c, .57
I believe in old folks. The corrupt judge: Lk 18:2-5, .70
I believe in children. Strip without shame: Thom 37:2, Black
I believe in you. Friend at midnight: Lk 11:5-8, .72

But I believe in love. Love God and neighbor: Mk 12:30-31, Gray
I believe in babies. Children from light: Thom 50, Black
I believe in Mom and Dad. Hating one's family: Lk 14:26, .56

And I believe in you. Sly as a snake: Mt 10:16b, .67

Gene Stecher
Chambersburg, Pa.