Down Not Out




Down Not Out

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

Lawyers might be good,
Using a lot of fancy words,
Finding legal loopholes,
But just liking to be heard.

Politicians claim
Everything’s getting better,
Though in the end many laws
Creep on us like fetters.

Environmentalists could help.
The Earth they support,
Caring about nature,
Yet people aren’t their forte.

Doctors curing what ails
Is the physician’s goal,
Still having limits,
Not touching the soul.

Preachers have it right,
The message very clear,
Telling the power of Jesus,
Bringing those who listen cheer.

Jesus Christ lifts us up
After being knocked down by life,
As we trust in Him,
Through all our daily strife.

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

— Charles B. Mayes

Down Not Out  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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When we’ve been hit by life, it may take us awhile to recover.  This is only possible through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and no other person.


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