Satan's Crew

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By: Wayne Brown

 

Who is that outside my door with a knock that I abhor?

Then came the reply, “the taxman,” silence; nothing more

He has come for my last dime; the last penny to my name

My kin will having nothing but to hang their heads in shame

 

 

 

Who is that outside my door who steps upon my land?

Why it is the lowly bill collector with his outstretched hand

Yea have come a bit too late my friend there is none left to take

The greedy tax collector took it all along with my estate

 

 

Who is that outside my door whose voice I do not favor

The neigh of the horse gives him away, it is the undertaker

So you have come for me as I lay here in my dying bed

You’ve come to take my body once my soul has been shed?

 

 

Who makes that awful noise and raises such a clamor

Why it is the casket maker working with saw and hammer

Mine is made of green pine and still wet with a gummy sap

Is this the best that one can do for such a long eternal nap?

 

 

Who taps upon my casket lid and wants to come inside?

Who would interrupt me on my long eternal ride?

Why only Satan would show up at such an unwelcome time

Only Satan would show up now, with my soul in mind

 

 

Does one not get to talk to God before descending into fires

Does one not get a chance to repent before the soul retires?

I never thought it would be this way, everyone collecting their due

And me, I’m just a lost burning soul, dumped onto Satan’s crew

 

 

I guess I went about it all wrong; missed the point all the way

I guess I missed it so badly there was nothing left to say

No St. Peter, no Pearly Gates, no golden halo upon my head

No angelic wings, just  flames and fire will be mine instead

 

 

If I had it to do over, I would probably change a thing or two

I might have tried a little harder to stay off the Devil’s crew

But, it is whatever it was to start;  no “do over,” will sell

Now all I’ve left is to play my part and fan the flames of Hell

©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Voted up, useful and awesome. The absence of God whether in this life or the next truly is Hell as far as I've been able to determine. I don't claim to know, other than what I read in the Bible what our time after this life will be like but I know for sure what life here on earth can be with and without Him ... WITH is a no-brainer!!!


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Wow, Wayne. Way to get people thinking about what to do with what they've been given. Pshew. That was a HOT one!


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blake4d 5 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

Wonderful Wayne...I'm burning for you. LOL

Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I'll be sure to look you up. Interesting write. I'm no expert on Wayne Brown writing, but this seems like you intended to stretch your skill in a different direction.


TimBryce 5 years ago

Wayne -

I think George Harrison would have been proud of you ;-)

You should read it on WJTN this Wednesday between 12:30pm - 3pm - callin-in: 716-483-8255

All the Best,

Tim


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - Oh boy! I had to peg you with 4 stars for this. You've come across this guy before too huh?

The drummer there is a real piece of work!!!

Hope your eye is all healed up.

The Frog


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Oh Wayne!!!

SATAN'S CREW???!!!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Poohgranma...Yes, hopefully we all make the right choice in time to get on the right crew! LOL! Thanks much! WB

@Motown2Chitown...You know the old line...can I just keep doin' it until I need glasses! LOL! That's about where we are! WB

@blake4d...Thanks, Blake. Hopefully, it won't go that way! WB

@mckbirdbks...I'll watch for you! LOL! This is one of those strange ones that just came to me out of nowhere. I really did not have any intent...just started writing and this is the shape it took. It's not my normal operating venue! LOL! WB

@TimBryce...Thanks Tim...are you filling in again for the Town Square? I'll see what I can do! WB

@The Frog Prince...I'm good as new Jim...no scars, nothing, just the trauma of knowing one can drown in a teaspoon of wine! LOL! Maybe that is what brought on this verse! LOL! WB

@Cardisa...Sorry, sometimes I just go with the emotion and see what comes out. I wanted the image of a man being picked clean all the way down the line right into the back gates of hell all the time wondering if he had led a better life would it have mattered in the end? We probably should give that some thought and what a better motivator than ol' Satan's Crew! WB


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Wayne - I had that exact same thought when I finished the read. BTW, Satan's crew is helping sail the USS Obama.

I'm just sayin...


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

That would be a fact, mate! WB


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

The Devil always get's his. A standard theme thoughout time. Awesome!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I agree with Pooh. Absence and alienation from the Creator and Redeemer would be so horrible. I cannot even want to imagine that and am so grateful I can to Him.

Wayne, you wrote so well you made me shiver!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Chilling and scary!

Well done, Wayne!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@WillStarr...Not some place I want to end up! LOL! Thanks, Will. WB


Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

A really good piece of writing. Vote UP. I am so pleased there is no such thing as hell. Wouldn't want to end up there for eternity.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

We all face it sooner or later.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Lesleysherwood...I hope you are right, Lesley...we'll all be surprised! LOL! WB

@dahoglund...Sooner or later we all face that ultimate test. Thanks DA! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Love the zydeco music!

The rest gives me the creeps -- like some of your Conversation pieces. Even the burning eye - the window to your soul . . . I know, I know -- it's supppose to do that! But you -- any place except a cowboy's or an aviator's heaven - no way!


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caltex 5 years ago

Very effective, Wayne! It sure makes someone stop and reflect. No one will ever know exactly what can grant someone the grace of not going straight to hell. We just have to do everything we can and just "try harder to stay off the Devil's crew"! Thanks for the reminder.

This definitely goes under classics like many of your writings!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...I'm just a psychotic spooky dude huh? LOL! Think how bad I would be if I was in prison and had nothing but time on my hands to create....wooooooo errry! LOOL! WB

@caltex....Thanks much...this one just came to me so you might want to take it as an omen! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - I thought you were going to say the taxman wanted to crawl right into the casket with you! LOL That would be true too!

Awesome poem and that eye is scary looking at me too!


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Nice. I've always heard nothing is for sure except taxes and dying.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...The taxman might have been a welcome face about that time. LOL! Thanks, Kelly! WB

@Mimi721wis...They say those are for certain and I think it has been proven true over time! WB


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Wow! This hub is something spectacular. Once you become a child of God, the devil can’t reach you!

When you are adopted in the family of God it is a forever thing. I would recommend reading Dave Mathews, here on hubs. You are in my prayers and you have my respect for your writings!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Jo_Goldsmith11....Thank you for the good words...hope I don't make Satan's Crew! LOL! WB


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

A very interesting poem, of course you could have ended it another way and had the Lord open up your coffin.

Either way the Taxman loses all meaning. I loved the band at the end.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@ruffryder...The whole idea of the verse is those who come looking for their due....an overpowering number. I didn't figure the Lord would be in that line. Thanks for the good words! WB


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

That was amazing. l´m not brave enough to even think like you do about Satan and hellfire.

You made it into a wonderful poem and even funny.

Thank you for sharing.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick...Thank you for those kind words. I felt this poem was about who come to your door seek to collect on your indebtness...I could see no way to leave death or the devil out of that equation! Thanks much. WB


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Wayne, I think that I had better start to mend my ways. I am not very fast running away from trouble, but I sure wouldn't want my bum scorched by those flames in hell. Thought provoking poem. x


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Funny, I never did figure out the inspiration for this one...just came to me one morning. Maybe there's a message there, huh? LOL! Thanks for the great comment and good luck! WB


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Wayne you got me burning up with a hunk a hunk of burning love. Yesirre..the devil will have his due if he hasn't already taken all of me yet. I always felt we were actually living Hell right now on earth, maybe, maybe not.

But if he's waiting for his due, I will be paying him his when we meet up in Hell. Unless God is watching over me and has me squeaking through the back door to do the janitorial service. Shucks I should look kewl with those black wings I will be given and working my butt off to trade up to White...

will have to start scribing more white poems I guess to earn those....Rated Up as high as Heaven can reach, awesome scribe my friend.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Ooh better start making a list of the good things you have to do! lol very chilling, great stuff!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...Yes,Ken, I attempted to line up those who would come for their due at that late hour and the devil would surely be among the flock. I think it shocks a few readers that there was no negogiations or a hearing prior to the descent into hell. LOL! Somethings just aren't true. I'll be sweeping and mopping soot with you my friend! WB

@Nell Rose...Thanks so much, Nell...just like Christmas, got to be a good boy! LOL! WB


Becky 5 years ago

Wayne, I am usually not one for poetry but I really like this. Good writing.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...Hang in there with the poetry...I always try to write it so you can grasp what I am writing about. WB


Becky 5 years ago

Oh, I understand it. My cognizance skills are high. I just usually don't like it.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...I understand...I have had the same issues with some of it. WB


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well you know how I feel about Satan, Mister B, he/she is highly readable and always good for interesting copy and content so naturally the title caught my eye.

How does one by the way receive a score of 100?

Is that not perfect? Or can one shoot for 101 or 102?

Either way - Mister Brown you are the consummate gentleman - you have always supported me and have been a good online friend - and you are one of the best writers I've seen or read anywhere - move over Mr. Shakespeare - and both 'Bobs' - Dylan and Thomas - we've got a new gunslinger in town by the name of Wayne Brown.

12:28pm lake erie time


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Epigramman...Thank you, Colin. Your talent comes easy to support...it fascinates me how you can capture so much in so few words so efficiently. If I can gain the noteriety of those you reference, perhaps I too will earn some sheckles! LOL! Thanks so much! WB


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samiaali 5 years ago

This is a great poem WB! Very powerful. I loved it. I vote it up! :)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Hey WB! I hope you don't either! I think you could be kicking some serious butt, in the front lines! I know I am praying to be at the front lines! All I want is to give Satan a really good punch to knock him out! In exchange, I just want a hug from Jesus! that is it.

Of course, he gives me one everyday..but I want a supernatural can't explain feeling that comes from a hug from God. :)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@samiaali...It's funny how certain inspirations just show up and I write about it. LOL! WB

@Jo_Goldsmith11...Your comments reminded me of what a friend told me one time. She says "I may be sitting here calling out to the Lord as loud as I can but I can feel the flames of hell burning the bottom of my feet!" I think that is where most of us stay at time. Maybe that's good...one should always know the fears of the fire. WB

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