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ME, MYSELF AND I, PLUS YOU

(A Poem About the World)

BORN AND GROWING UP

Me, Myself, and I, which includes you—
one was born in the city; one was born in the country;
one was born somewhere under the sky.

And we grew up in the city; we grew up in the country;
we grew up somewhere—we knew not why.

We three, became the center of our surroundings,
of our world, of our universe. 
Nothing was more important than “I”.

Our children came first; in our job, we were immersed;
and for fun and food, we did thirst
We followed the ways of the world.

No, our possessions came first; yet for pleasures, we did thirst;
to be blunt, “in Myself” was I immersed
Seems like all came before God, including “I”.

I loved to talk, but Myself was shy;
Me just loved to find things to buy. 
We followed the ways of the world.

OUR LIFE    

We lived in a mansion; we lived on the street
We were rich and had nothing to eat.  
We followed the ways of the world.

We laughed; and we cried
We were glad; and we sighed
We followed the ways of the world.

Me, Myself and I, we were joyful; and we were mad
We were good; and we were bad
We followed the ways of the world.

We had love; and we had hate
We had anger, which was great
We set our hearts on the things of this world.

We used the world; the world used us
We told the truth, and we lied
but our eyes were never satisfied. 
We followed the ways of the world.

We tried women; we tried men. 
We tried drugs; we tried sin. 
We followed the ways of the world.

We were single; we were married
We had children; and some we buried
We followed the ways of the world.

We knew what we’d done
We tried everything under the sun
We traveled all over the world.

We had grief; we had fun
We had sorrow; we had none
We followed the ways of the world.

We had a great job; we also had none
We were old; and we were young
We followed the ways of the world.

We went to the east.  We went to the west
We tried philosophies.  We tried all the best
We followed the ways of the world.

We did everything there was that was under the sun,
to get some pleasure, to get some fun.
Yet all was vanity—
As we followed the ways of this world. 

We thought no one cared.  We felt so sad
We felt rejected.  We felt so bad
We followed the ways of the world.

We were sure we were right,
certainly in our own sight. 
We liked the preaching that said—
To follow the ways of the world.

GETTING OLDER

Our children grew; some prospered, some died
Our sisters passed on; we hurt and cried
They all followed the ways of the world.

Me, Myself, and I—
our mother died; our father cried
We wanted to live; we wanted to die
But we followed the ways of the world.

JESUS CALLS

Then a day came that Jesus called,
but Myself had said, “No,” and “I” had stalled. 
Because we followed the ways of this world.

Me, Myself and I, and You:
we were religious, and we were hot;
but toward Jesus—we were not. 
We followed the ways of the world.

We heard God’s Word; we rejected God’s Word
We saw a great light, but we chose the night. 
We followed the ways of the world.

We had lived without Christ
In our sight, this was right
We had rejected God’s Word,
which we had heard.  God help us—
We had followed the ways of the world.

DYING

And then one day, I was struck by a car;
Myself got sick; my body was marred,
by a dog I got bit.
And I wondered about the ways of the world.

Then as the lights got dim and the darkness set in,
we looked back at our life; we considered our sin.
We had followed the ways of the world.

But we never knew life was only a test
We never considered about the rest. 
For we had followed the ways of the world. 

There is life after death?  And where would we be
We wanted to know, but we couldn’t see. 
For we had followed the ways of the world.

And then our eyes closed, and we were shocked to find
No peace ahead, no peace of mind.
Because we had followed the ways of the world.

We had the chance; life was the test
The world praised us, as we were laid to rest. 
We were faithful to the ways of the world.

The clergy proclaimed that when we had died,
we had gone to a far better place—but they lied. 
For we had followed the ways of the world.

Now, I greatly fear God, as the Bible had said
But now it’s too late; and what is ahead, I dread.
For I had followed the ways of the world.

THE JUDGMENT

Then came the day
that we joined the others that chose the wrong path,
that chose the wrong way.
They followed the ways of the world.

And then Me, and Myself, and I were judged
Terrified were we, as we heard God speak—
I know you not, depart from Me,
ye that work iniquity
For we had followed the ways of the world.

To the fire, we went—to eternal torment
It is for all that follow the ways of this world.

There is no pride here
Can’t you see? can’t you hear?
the weeping and gnashing of teeth?

The worms cover us; my tongue, it burns
Oh, for a sip of cool water, my tongue does yearn!

The darkness is thick, my flesh is so sick
Don’t follow the ways of the world.

So stupid was I, to reject God’s Son,
to reject His Word, so I could have fun
I followed the ways of the world.

THE END

And what will you do
When you come where I am,
and for time without end,
you will pay for your sin.
For You also—
follow the ways of the world.

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