The Backseat Driver

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The Backseat Driver

The backseat driver,
Whizzing on the viaduct, over,
Always has suggestions
For the driver, from this rover.

“Slow down or you’ll miss the turn.”
“Don’t go there. It’s the wrong way.”
“When I say go — go. Go !!!!!!”
“Hit the brake, I say.”

A keen “navigator”
With a avid sense of chat,
This “driver” talks about
A little of this and then a lot of that.

As the real driver appears in traffic court,
He admits he was slack
Crossing over the solid yellow line,
Listening to the person in the back.

The judge isn’t happy
With this kind of plea,
And finds the driver guilty –
Who has total responsibility.

The backseat driver,
Whizzing on the viaduct, over,
Always has suggestions
For the driver, from this rover.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Backseat Driver © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Are you a backseat driver?  It’s easy to get into this habit.  Is your author one?

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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The Missionaries

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                  The Missionaries

The children marched from the schoolhouse
To the church across the street,
To see the Missionaries
Who were very kind, gentle, and sweet.

The children filed into the sanctuary
With feet dangling off the pews,
Not knowing what to expect,
What could these older folks do?

They heard loud music from the piano
For singing it was time,
Lifting the roof off,
Beautiful music put to rhyme.

The man led them in the songs
While the woman played with grace,
The children sang and sang and sang
With smiles on every face.

Then they did some actions, too.
The Lord’s army they were in,
Riding in the cavalry
Was the most exciting for them.

The man had a suitcase
From which he a puppet brought,
At first some funny jokes,
But then a Bible lesson taught.

The woman had a blackboard
With some colorful chalk,
She drew a picture on the board
As she about the Cross talked.

Everyone got very quiet
Because the prayer time came.
The power of the Lord just filled that place.
They prayed in Jesus’ name.

Then stories from a wordless book
All laid upon the flannel board,
The first about Heaven and streets of gold.
The last about growing in the Lord.

Questions, a challenge, the lady said,
“To see how sharp you are.”
Then slowly the little hands were raised
To answer shining like stars.

Now it was decision time
To ask Jesus in your heart,
Hands were raised and lives were changed
From sin so very dark.

The Bible was given out,
But they were little books,
With precious scripture portions,
You should have seen the children’s looks.

One child had even seen the pair
Throw out these little gems,
Through the car window
To some working construction men.

They just call them The Missionaries,
But for 40 years they’ve served just like we see,
Touching those blessed children’s hearts
For all eternity.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Missionaries © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

The illustration was done by my wife, Dolores Mayes, when she did Christian chalk art.

The Missionaries are actually anyone who is telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and using their gifts for Him.  It may be at Sunday School; Vacation Bible School; or through a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Good News Club, etc.

If you are dropping by this site for a visit, thank you. I also appreciate my followers. May God richly bless all of you!

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

This poem and others are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . .” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)

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