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Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)
TITLE: The Man With the Golden Phone
By Gerald Shuler
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they speak of a truth all must learn.
So gather around, find your seat on the ground
and listen, lest you also burn.
Simon the Shyster, a lawyer in Glyster
who only the rich could afford,
would have their case built with no thought of their guilt...
the innocent Simon ignored.
His ways were uncouth and a sham to the truth
and no one could get through to him.
The church folk all prayed though it seemed a charade:
His soul was enveloped in sin.
In sad truth, it's a fact that he'd made a pact
to defend the devil in hell.
Just to drive the fact home he purchased a phone:
pure gold, with a clear ringing bell.
With a cold heart he said "If your God isn't dead
He'll call me, I'll listen to Him.
But this phone will not ring. Your heavenly king
is a fable, a folly, a whim."
The phone, at the first, was a joke he rehearsed
to make fun of the people who prayed.
He carried his phone so he could made it well known
That its cord was severed and frayed.
O'er the years Simon's wealth exceeded his health
and he laid in his deathbed alone.
The one comfort he had (of this he was glad)
by his side was his golden phone.
Through the years it remained the one thing ordained
as a symbol of Simon's heart.
He'd never received what would make him believe...
God had failed and now he'd depart.
Simon took his last breath, submitting to death
convinced there was no "great beyond".
But, oh, he was wrong and the pull was too strong;
Hell was real and Simon felt conned.
"Oh, my God!" Simon screamed, "You truly are King.
I said I'd believe if you call."
Simon lost his first case in that horrible place...
he learned truth is true after all.
But what of the phone? That most cursed, evil phone?
Nowhere was its gold to be found.
The Lord God had decreed to send that evil seed
with Simon, in hell to be bound.
So for Simon, at least, hell's most fearsome beast,
was the clear sounding golden tone
that wouldn't stop ringing, eternally stinging...
God calling on Simon's gold phone.
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