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The Travelin Preacher

Story ID:6571
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1936
Person:Sins forgiven Chelsea Kansas Kid
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The Travlin Preacher

Besides the Chelsea elevator
Besides the Chelsea Train Depot
Besides the Chelsea School
There was a Chelsea Church, Doncha know

Where you could hear the latest Travelin Preacher
Some were good some bad
As you listened sitting on the hard bench
Wishing you were fishing, I might add.

One Travelin Preacher
Spoke in a monotone
He would lull me to sleep
As on and on he droned.

With a long prayer
He finished his presentation
Every one was happy
Including the whole congregation

But when the Bible Thumper
Came to Chelsea to preach
There was something different
In the manner of his speech

He started with a short prayer
Then suddenly he would yell
Thump that Bible in the pulpit
And condemn Satan down in Hell.

From the Apse to the Nave
From the Chancel to the Vestibule
This Travelin Preacher
Would invoke the Golden Rule

He started with a short prayer
Then suddenly he would yell
Thump that bible in the pulpit
And condemn Satan down in Hell

He would pause
The organist would start to play
We would all join him
On this special day.

Beside his Bible Thumpin
Oh, how he could sing
He'd chase the sins from your soul
How those rafters would ring.

Then
He started with a short prayer
Suddenly he would yell
Thump that Bible in the pulpit
And condemn Satan down in Hell

When the sermon was over
And I walked that road of gravel
I felt all my sins were forgiven
Now as through Life I travel.

Monte L. Manka 12-1-10