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Stories of Shenzhen--Part Two

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Stories of Shenzhen--Part Two

He's in a room that's much too bright,
surrounded by three men who, although smaller than he,
are extremely intimidating.
The camera bag is snatched from his hand and opened.
Books are dumped out on a steel table.
One of the men yells at him, "NO BIBLES IN CHINA!"
The boy appears to be confused.
Another man slams one down in front of him and yells again, "NO BIBLES IN CHINA!"
The boy nods.
They question him for what seems like an hour,
but couldn't have been more than fifteen minutes.
Yelling ... always yelling.
His responses are limited.
Usually, "They're mine," or "I'm just here to visit."
Finally, fed up with his stubborness disguised as ignorance,
they are forced to let him go.
One tells him as he is leaving,
"Much more dangerous to get caught there," he points in the direction of China,
"Than here."
The boys says thanks and hurries out, heart outrunning his feet.
He lost the twenty or so books in his camera bag,
but there were five times that many on his body.
They'd never touched him, however,
which would have surely given him away.
He can see the Dragon Lady staring at him from a distance,
as he starts down the stairs.
When the fog of people and the thick air of Shenzhen greet him outside the doors,
He says to himself, "I think this round goes to you, Caleb."



*Note---"The Dragon Lady" was a name given, not unkindly, to a certain female border patrol....she lived up to it.
--I can neither confirm nor deny the truth of any of the above
--Caleb Smith

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  1. Date: 5/29/2013 8:53:00 AM

    I love these "Parts" you keep posting - It's like reading a serial novel in much anticipated installments. Your descriptions, as always, are awesome - "heart outrunning his feet." I love that!! Keep these coming please :)

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:46:00 AM

    Another btw, rambling I know, going back to your story here-- I sure am glad that you got through from that incident-- trying to think how you fit in those Bibles since they're quite thick-- and Heavy! Although I am imagining now the small ones and you probably wore a jacket... wonderful story and determination reflected here.

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:42:00 AM

    Btw, you just thought that on top of your head?! Amazing. Honestly, I really thought it was a quote from a book somewhere and wanted to read the rest of it---it really leaves an impression! And that would be awesome if you consider including those lines in your book, and such an honor as well, if my 4 lines helped inspire that. I hope you tell us when your book gets published...I wish you the best in it-- is that "The Wrath"? Or are you simultaneously working on other books?

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 9:37:00 AM

    Oh whoops, I am blind-- I didn't notice the part 2 listed above! Thanks for bringing my attention to this-- and I was sort of right (ok my 2nd guess) that it was you. Very brave lad you were at that age, some would've probably peed in their pants or something. Your trip to China I can imagine was so enriching, bravo to you for wanting to make a difference at such a young age. I'm sure you instill that in your children as well. Yet another wonderful and gripping read from you, Yay that you shared

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:22:00 AM

    A favourite too

  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:16:00 AM

    Im reading part two now.I really wish there was a part three to know what happened of those bibles in a land corrupted by communism. I know a couple on my island who used to visit China..and that was their aim..taking the holy bible in communist countries including China and try to tread evangelism to people who are willing to hear.It wasn t an easy task but gave them so much hsppiness.Im glad you shared this story Caleb..Cheers.

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 12:34:00 AM

    my goodness. What a harrowing event and what a great story for the grandkids you will have one day!! You really need to do a book on your escapades!!

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 3:23:00 PM

    Told ya! :) I knew it would end well. So...you can't verify, eh? ;) This was a lovely read as usual, Caleb. You know what...Can I share one of my fav verses with you? It shows the importance of the Word of God getting out there! ;) Won't fit here so...I will post below

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 5/10/2013 3:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55: 11 & 12) That's why they don't want it to get in people's hands. It will change lives! It is His word. Bless you, Caleb.
  1. Date: 5/10/2013 2:59:00 PM

    intruiging story packed with pulsing words, caleb... great toreltelller you are!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 12:16:00 AM

    So happy to read Part 2. What boggles my mind is how he got approximately a hundred books (though that could just be a figure of speach) hidden on him. It's really sad to think of this being against the law in China. I don't see what harm it good cause people *shrugs*... the world is indeed a very odd place.

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith Date: 5/10/2013 6:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I sent you some details about how so many books can fit on one person...but yes, its sounds kinda ridiculous...and looked it too!
  1. Date: 5/9/2013 2:24:00 PM

    You get a 7. I really enjoyed this . This is one great piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing..... Lucilla