Mary Went to School

by Jason Kirk Bartley

Mary went to school one day,
the Lamb was in her heart.
She remembered when they used to pray before they’d even start.
The pledge of allegiance was a common thing that was recited within the school,
learning used to be of more importance
than dressing up and being cool,
but Mary was there every day ‘Cause mother made her go,
there used to be no issues about transgenders using the opposite sex’s restrooms though.
And though she kept a silent prayer within her heart every day,
Praying was against the rules,
out loud you didn’t dare to pray.
The Lamb of God would never leave her,
and never would He forsake,
Mary was always worried about the bullies who bullied her on her break.
Gun control was never heard of,
now it ‘twas a common thing,
Security secured the school,
a security guard in every wing.
As Mary aged, she remembered how God was taken out of everything,
she had been taught “evolution” and “survival of the fittest,” but never about our King.
Mary looked back, it seemed alright,
but everything was wrong.
Mother taught Mary to go to church,
and be spiritually strong.
The school may have taught her not to love,
but Mary’s mother taught her about Jesus up above.
This teaching saved her soul, ‘Cause Jesus was with her everywhere,
even in the Godless school in which there was no prayer.

Jason Kirk Bartley is a Christian poet from Chillicothe, Ohio. He is 47 years old and married to Nila, his forever love. He has been published poems and won awards. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Ministry from Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. 

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