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Soul Of An Angel, Life Of A Moonshiner

He served as a deacon in his church and was as pious as they come. (But on the side, he sold whiskey from a thirty-gallon drum!) He taught the junior high Sunday school class and was a Bible scholar. (But on the side, he 'stilled' moonshine way back up in the holler!) He was faithful in tithing ten percent of his ill-gotten gain. (For his John Barleycorn he used only the best obtainable grain!) He occupied the same pew every Sunday listening with attentive ear. (It was rumored about that he also brewed some very potent beer!) He proffered an "amen" at appropriate times and wore a suit and tie. (He was renowned throughout the county for his very delectable rye!) His tenor voice blended well when singing, "I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord." (On back roads he did a bit of bootlegging in his hopped-up V-8 Ford!) He was the first to offer succor to widows, orphans and others left bereft. (He'd run his still for years - at evading "revenooers" he was very deft!) When folks were needed to serve on committees he was first to volunteer. (When asked his occupation he replied, "I'm a 'Spirit'ual Engineer!") At Yuletide he was generous with the parson giving him a beef, cash and pork. (At the annual church picnic he surreptitiously passed a bottle to uncork!) There couldn't be found a finer saint in all of Boondock County, Kentucky. (He'll continue to "minister" to parched throats thereabouts - if he's lucky!) Entry for Tania Kitchin's "Primiere Trophy Contest" Contest This poem is worthy of a Primiere Trophy since it won First Place in the Poetry Soup International Poetry Contest in April 2011. (Won $50 and an Outstanding Poetic Achievement Certificate).

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Date: 1/25/2017 10:49:00 AM
Howdy Bob!!! Been a long time. You're still producing fabulous work!! Loved this one... kinda hits home...we were on the other Side of the Tug River in West Virginia doing pretty much the same thing!! Lol big hugs my friend. And I'm still waiting for that book of all your wonderful poem!! ;) much love deb
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 1/25/2017 7:45:00 PM
Deb: I sent a soup mail but I'm not sure it went thru so I'm sending you another - Bob H
Date: 11/10/2016 12:48:00 PM
Greetings Robert. Congrats for your WIN in the contest, with this fine piece!!! ;-)
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 11/10/2016 2:28:00 PM
Thank you, Teddy. I appreciate your kind comments. When PoetrySoup held contests up until a couple of years ago, this one took lst Place in their International Poetry Contest which gave me the whopping amt of 50 bucks so I'm kinda proud of this one. Best to you as you continue your poetical journey - bob h
Date: 11/8/2016 8:10:00 AM
Hi Robert, You penned a well written piece. I found it to be so informational. Congratulations on your fine win:-) Alexis
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Date: 6/18/2016 2:43:00 PM
Robert, congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 6/18/2016 6:58:00 PM
Thank you, Laura, and many thx for considering my entry in your contest worthy of a win. Best to you as you continue your poetical journey - bob h
Date: 4/3/2016 6:19:00 AM
Captivated as usual by your excellent storytelling! I admire your work.
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Date: 6/4/2014 12:51:00 PM
Congrats on your win with such am incredible write!! A fan for sure... Arlene..
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Date: 11/21/2013 12:36:00 AM
You are a quiet achiever Robert my namesake. Please do keep some bucks for us upcoming poets to grab from poetrysoup contests...lol. Congrats! Alwaz, Bob-Based on Belief
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Date: 10/18/2012 9:01:00 PM
Hi Bob, wondering down the poetry soup international list.. Here I am finding another wonderful win. :-) congratulations with your wonderful win in the " April, 2011 Contest " It is nice seeing you and your poetry did so well in these contest... always~pd
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Date: 6/12/2012 12:15:00 PM
I'm late sending my congratulations on your poem Bob, but I send them now - better late than never. To look at the man in one way (and certainly not in the Methodist way, for I go to the Methodist Church) - he seems to be following in Christ's footsteps inasmuch as Jesus' first miracle was to turn water to alcohol. A spiritual engineer? I rather think Jesus might be one of those too - well, he has worked on me many times!! Well, Bob, you deserve first prize for such a good poem I am sure. My best wishes - Josie
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Date: 2/1/2012 4:54:00 AM
Greetings Robert, As a new soul in this soup I am thrilled to find this as I read through the ingredients. Congratulations on the win and thank you for the reminder to 'not judge a book by the cover'. A good yarn, Wordancer
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Date: 1/27/2012 2:50:00 AM
Amazing piece of poetry. Giving contrast and rhyme in perfect balance. My poem called Potato Miner shrived to achieve this but obviously I have a long way to go. Brillant. Just Brilliant. Well done Ian F
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Date: 1/25/2012 6:05:00 AM
Congratulations Robert! Subject is close to my heart, as I live in the same area where Popcorn Suttion reigned... Also, I think I knew the man you're writing about! Good work!
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Date: 1/9/2012 4:12:00 PM
WOW NICE!! i have a hard time keeping the story line when writing poetry this is awesome
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Date: 1/9/2012 3:09:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Robert. Great poem and well written! God bless, M :)
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Date: 1/6/2012 5:31:00 AM
well deserved win. this poem was excellent and fun to read. i "over enjoyed" it.
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Date: 12/30/2011 9:53:00 AM
What a delight to run across !!! Marvelous poem !!! Well deserved win !!!
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Date: 12/11/2011 12:42:00 PM
Enjoyed reading your winning piece Bob we are what "we aren't" ( if thats how life makes us..!)
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Date: 12/6/2011 2:53:00 AM
I love my works in rhymes like yours. It was Fun reading through ur piece. ''thumbs up''
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Date: 11/30/2011 5:33:00 PM
A really excellent poem, lots of fun representing the the yeng and yang of life congratulations. Lizzie T
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Date: 11/20/2011 3:34:00 PM
Hello Bob, what a wonderful piece of poetry. I could see your Moonshiner/Deacon in my minds eye, funny, he looks just like Lee Marvin! Thank you Bob for your kind comments on my Son Adams Christmas tree poem. He was so thrilled that two people sent him a comment. I have posted my first one and wonder if I did the right thing.. Best wishes to you Sharon
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Date: 11/7/2011 7:08:00 PM
Just wonderful Bob, You are able to make your sense of humor shine and everybody else joins in to laugh. I think it's wonderful you won - desevedly so my friend!
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Date: 10/27/2011 8:04:00 PM
A beautifully written poem with a very inspiring and heartfelt read. Your rhyming and rhythm are superbly crafted. You have so much potential. Million thx for sharing and May God Bless!
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Date: 9/23/2011 12:00:00 PM
WOW......good thing god gave wine to make merry the heart of man
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Date: 9/18/2011 5:49:00 AM
Robert, a stunning poem:)))
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Date: 9/15/2011 7:07:00 AM
Super poem, really enjoyed it, congrats on both wins, very well done.
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