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The Crooked Post

Story ID:9298
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Year:1946
Person:Soldier Chelsea Kansas Boy
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The Crooked Post

The Crooked Lamp Post

One Sunday, after chow
With nothing to do
I decided to take a walk
To the village of Hang Dang Poo.

Just out side the village
In a grove of trees
Was this little rustic Shrine
Roof covered with piles and piles of leaves

I decided to take a rest
On the steps of uneven stone
I wondered who built this shrine
Out here all alone

One feature of this small shrine
One that impressed me most
Was the candleless light fixture
There on that crooked post.

This crooked Lamp Post
Serves its purpose, doncha see
Nothing fancy
Out here in the country.

A candle is placed inside the fixture
Atop that crooked post
When darkness falls upon the shrine
And they celebrate their Holy Ghost.


The farmers can gather
Here inside their shrine
A place for them to worship
Anytime.


Don Hughes snapped this picture
Of me at rest
Back in 1946
Those times were the best.

Monte L. Manka 10-5-2013