"BROTHER BEN GOT REDEMPTION"
April Poetry Month
If you are looking for deep poetry, stop right here!
Today I am being persuaded toward another realm.
Maybe it was the Easter service pulling at my spiritual psyche.
A fellow singer once invited me to his church to witness how he worshipped and I will never forget it!
Hats! I do believe that the inspiration for the hats worn at Prince William and Kate's wedding, was inspired from the Ebenezer Baptist Church.
And did you know that organ playing was a very important part of the preachers message?
It helps to emphasize the words and phrases of the preacher. It builds and builds to a point to drive the message home.
Did you know that they actually have lessons on how to become a preacher backup organist?
On the end of this hub is a video of an organist backing up a sermon.
Let me tell you, when I left that day,
I felt like
I had really
been to church!
And as usual,
I had to pen it.
Poem # 10
Old Brotha Ben was a foot stompin’ man
Singin’ and shoutin’ and clappin’ his hands
Telling all the congregation
How to get to the promise land
Ben knew the Bible
And all about teachin’
But Ben didn’t go around
Practicing his preachin’
Seems there was a woman in the church
By the name of Cynthia Brown
She strutted around in high heel shoes
Her décolleté with tempting views
Was enough to make a preacher like Ben
Lay his Bible down
Old Ben fell hard, as Cynthia tempted
But felt the need to be redempted
So he went before the church
And fell to his knees in sin
He poured himself out
To the fold
Cried out to God to save his soul
And the deacons in the front row pew
Shouted out, Amen!
The man at the organ heard their pleas
Running his fingers up and down the keys
And the whole church stood
And started to sing and sway
A A A men, A AA men, A A men
Shout it from the roof top
A A A. . . Little baby Jesus
A A A . . .Came to save the sinner
A A Men
©Ann Davis 1980