A Short Afternoon Tea With Death And The Devil

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R.J. Lindley
Rhyme, (Humorous Narrative Tale)

Composed March 22 1971
edited today, 1-07-2018

First written at age 17..

minor editing today to present here from my private journal

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A Short Afternoon Tea With Death And The Devil

Noonday tea with Death, the Devil was at his side
words never on the level, lies of sin and pride
Death spoke first, while Devil sat with that evil smile
saying, come boy lets us chat for a little while.
With my strongest guard up, I replied, so we shall
but know this first, you will not ever be my pal
Death laughing out loud said this, boy your time will come
I am powerful, mortals are shallow and dumb
You walk your paths, with lusts and pure greed in your eyes
while my father the Devil, feeds you sweetest lies
As mortal hearts and souls turn black we laugh out loud
billions we have destroyed, we are rightly so proud
So boy, come hither let us now truly embrace
journeying with me will be joy, not a disgrace!

Next Devil spoke and gave me that long wicked grin
men are easy, I offer just a little sin
Now boy, shake my hand and let us be firmest friends
I'll reward you as well as your future portends
You'll feast in paradise, gold will be your best friend
we will do it all, breaking what will not just bend
Swear oath to me and have all you ever desire
man's life is short, for very soon you will expire
Walk in my shadow, embracing its darkest glows
I'll line you up soft beauties in hundreds of rows
Your life will be fulfilled, wealth coming with such ease
all you have to do, is any damn thing you please
Allow me one long kiss and you can have it all
do so now and you can stride down my palace halls!

O' what dark bounty and promise was offered me
fearful my spirit and heart both cried out to flee
Strangely my feet refused to race out and away
for courage came and showed me clever game to play
Seeing Death and Devil both were such bosom friends
I wanted to see which one breaks and which one bends
I asked Devil, if for my soul he'd Death deny
finding his task pleasurable, not tell him why
Eager for my soul, he replied with a quick yes
at that, Death's reaction was not even a guess
In blink of an eye they began to fiercely fight
O' what a fine and glorious ravishing sight
Neither could gain the upper hand and both had failed
I walked away laughing, O' my how they wailed!

R.J. Lindley
Rhyme, (Humorous Narrative Tale)

Composed March 22 1971
edited today, 1-07-2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 1/18/2018 7:00:00 AM
Beautifully written Robert. A wonderful smooth flowing tale. I really enjoyed your wit.
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Date: 1/14/2018 9:45:00 PM
What a story and a masterpiece Robert! Blown away my friend; I am simply in awe --- a must show to my best friend who'll love this flawless monolith;-) a fave many times over
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Date: 1/16/2018 12:13:00 PM
Than you my friend. Very pleased you liked it Keith. And thanks for fav'íng it too. I was very young when I write this piece. I once a few years later, thought of tossing it into the trash bin but decided maybe it had a bit of worth..
Date: 1/13/2018 2:32:00 AM
Robert I loved this write so very much a fav! Lol I loved how you played them against each other so amusing haha! Most deff a favorite!
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Date: 1/16/2018 12:10:00 PM
Than you my friend. Thanks for fav'ing it too. I wrote to entertain, to gift some humor, show youthful bravado, and present a bit of truth about mankind and this dark world...
Date: 1/7/2018 10:37:00 PM
Superbly done. A definite winner under any circumstance.
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Date: 1/8/2018 9:36:00 AM
Thank you my friend. I DO NOT HAVE THIS POEM ENTERED IN ANY CONTEST BUT THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT MY FRIEND.
Date: 1/7/2018 12:14:00 PM
Great storytelling Robert...
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Date: 1/7/2018 1:20:00 PM
Thank you my friend. I was 17 years old and saw the world through the eyes of a soon to be wild and raging youth. Within a year after writing this poem, I was racing on a hell-bound path... Seems the devil took some mighty offense at my levity...
Date: 1/7/2018 12:12:00 PM
Serves the losers right! I see you've been writing up a storm. On to your next...
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Date: 1/7/2018 1:18:00 PM
Thank you my friend. True again, they will both be the big losers come judgment day...
Date: 1/7/2018 10:49:00 AM
You wrote a wonderful discourse between two greedy entities who believe they have control over our souls...but it's never over until it's over...if ever...All the best of the best to you for 2018
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Date: 1/7/2018 1:17:00 PM
Thank you my friend. So true, it is not over until the judgment.
Date: 1/7/2018 10:47:00 AM
Fantastic pen my friend xomo!
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Date: 1/7/2018 1:16:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Wrote this 46 years ago, been through a lot of the blind chasing of earthly pleasures since than. Light finally came but it was a long time a'çoming.
Date: 1/7/2018 10:29:00 AM
The devil is so tempting. The narrative poem was Enjoyed read, Robert. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 1/7/2018 1:14:00 PM
Thank you my friend. The earthly pleasures are so tempting. When the flesh is weak only the spirit may save.