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THOMAS CHANNING'S POEM
 
TREE TALK TALES
 
The strangest tale ever told
Of them who band in different fold
 
Each fold they sing to God a song
That theirs is right and yours is wrong
 
They think they'er singing in the day
But oh how far the other way
 
As they are like the stars at night
So huge in size but little light
 
For in the day you have the sun
And all the stars give way to one
 
This one is knowledge crystal clear
They see not now and can not hear
 
Cause they believe with all thier eyes
As to a mirror and think they'er wise
 
But by belief the earth was flat
Till truth had put a stop to that
 
So by belief they change the tide
But from truth they can not hide
 
The tree of life is knowledge true
And here's a tale they never knew
 
Before this tree of God could bear
Man budded on it in great dispair
 
And when the bud showed signs of life
The tree of God fell to the knife
 
The bud did grow into a tree
And this is all that man can see
 
So now this tree that's on God's root
Can only bear believing fruit
 
But when this tree shall rot away
The tree of God will sprout and say
 
"I told you things that do appear
Is not the way to see and hear
 
The mystery that's hid so well
The spirit of the words do tell
 
I gave you rules to understand
But you applied them all to man
 
Your world took on a shadowed look
From what you thought was in the book
 
With centuries built on this as proof
The shadows seem more real than truth
 
Believe the tempting way you read
You close your mind to truth instead
 
Religions all it did create
And filled your world with wars and hate
 
Your world will never cease from ills
Till knowledge from the book reveals
 
That everything that I had made was good
And when this fact is understood
 
By syllogism is the proof
So God could not denigh the truth
 
Unfolding of the mystery
What you once thought was history
 
You'll stand in awe, you'll stand in shame
Of all the crimes link to my name
 
Premeditated murder too
With an ark to save a few
 
You read me as a God of war
Who slew thousands by the score
 
And so your world will aways be
The way you teach and preach of me
 
For as you read so will you sow
As you are only what you know
 
I gave you words as food for thought
The fow and beast I gave them naught
 
So you could be above them all
But instead it was your fall
 
What flattery...these mortal men
To think they invented them
 
Or tell me now without a doubt
How the words all came about
 
Then tell me of the two that shine
Yet never wrote a single line
 
Of Socrates and Jesus, too
Of course, you say that this is true
 
But teaching this and not to wonder
Something here was put assunder
 
The faculties to understand
Suffered injury at your hand
 
Most subtil thing I ever made
Was truth you cunningly evade
 
For it is truth who's head is bruised
Because my knowledge is refused
 
But truth shall rule, I set the seal
It's organs closely on your heal
 
To bruise your warring ways and strife
Before you bring an end to life
 
I said that I would intervene
Now by my words it can be seen
 
Yes, by the word I did it all
The way you read became your fall
 
For words were at the first to seek
But their was not a man to speak
 
So man was made to till this ground
And all the written words he found
 
The ancient books of your foundation
You're the fruit and every nation
 
Man has failed to comprehend
The secret of this mighty pen
 
How useless man and everyday
If there was not a word to say
 
If there was not a word to sing
How useless life and everything
 
Could I omit this gift of worth
Which is the center of your earth
 
Philosophy the KEY OF SEE
Shall prove this mathematically
 
By the numbers, books and word
Such a thing you never heard
 
Because you read so literally
(which is the knife that cut my tree)
 
And so your tree is good and bad
And many times it's even sad
 
What you believed to be your gain
Brought divisions to your shame
 
But knowledge that is crystal clear
Which is the eye and is the ear
 
To lead the people to my door
Where they shall learn of war no more".
 
Oh tree of man, defend yourself
Your way of life is on the shelf
 
The tree of man says, "Might is right
And when compelled to war and fight
 
We burn and drown, we slew and slay
But so did God to have his way
 
So tell me not that we do wrong
When this is how they sing his song
 
For like attracts the God they teach
And so we sow just like they preach
 
For we war not of what we know
Believing things, that makes this so".
 
So there it is you heard the two
Believing things and knowledge true
 
Yes, only God can make a tree
But Man can change the harmony
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