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Once Upon a Time

Lois Cheney, God Is No Fool, pp 115, 116

Once upon a time

And out walks Jesus

There was a God

All over again;

Who so loved the world

Out stalks the

That he gave his son

Grinning, striding Jesus.

His only son.


And they took that son

Little people

And they hung him on a cross

Hover all day

And that son died.

Around the tomb

And they buried the son&md;

And cover it with

Sealed him up tight.


But God said,

And bow before it

"Oh no you don't"

And walk before it

And he rolled back the rock,

And sigh before it;

He unsealed his son

And pray to it

And his son came out,

And sing to it

Came out walking and breathing

And weep to it

And he was Alive.

And lean on it.

And he's alive today

And weep to it

And he walks around

And lean on it.

And he stalks around

And no one

Breathing life and life


Every morning just before dawn

Or at least

For thousands of years

They pretend not

Little grim people&md;

To notice,

Preachers and bankers and

The living

Storekeepers and students&md;


Sneak up to the grave and


Roll back the stone


To seal it up tight.


And every morning

Out on the

God roars

Edge calling

"Oh no you don't!"


And he flings back the stone.

"Hey you!"