The poet recognizes that he and his readers have to answer to God every day, but how to do that is the key. Are hearts opened in joyful song? Or are the lower depths of society, those that can only cause harm, sought out? In poems such as Job the Man," "Chasing After the Wind," and "What's Going On?" to name but a few, Mr. Albritton's keen wit, sensitive lament, and defined optimism are clear. In others, such as "What Happened to Justice?" and "A Prayer for Mankind," he continues to boldly clarify today's state of affairs as he sees it, whether good or bad, right or wrong. Whatever your present state of mind, the poems in All About Life, by Johnny Albritton, Jr., have that unique ability to entertain inform and enlighten. Johnny Albritton Jr, grew up in New Jersey, attended Lincoln Tech Trade School, and later served in the United States Navy. An athlete when younger, he earned a four year scholarship to Tennessee State University before enjoying his lifelong self-employed business of appliance refrigeration and air conditioning service. He also enjoys inventing and of course writing poetry from his home in Florida.
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ALL ABOUT LIFEA black man's journey
By Johnny Albritton Jr.
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Johnny Albritton, Jr.
All right reserved.
Chapter OneJob the Man
There was a man who lived in the land, who was wealthy
as could be,
He obeyed GOD's commands and GOD loved him so
because he lived righteously,
Job was happy with the accomplishments that he had
made in life,
He had seven sons and three daughters and a beautiful
Satan came to GOD and said, "Job your servant has given
you his pledge,
But allow me to break him, then he will curse you, but first
remove your hedge,"
So GOD said go, so Satan took Job's family and even all his
When Job still gave praises to GOD, Satan asked GOD to
allow him to take even Job's health,
Now Job is sitting out on the ground with dust upon his
Even Job's wife said, "Job curse GOD, you are better off
Now here comes three of Job's so-called friends,
Saying, "Job, what have you done? Why don't you repent
of all of your sins?"
Job raised his head and then asked, "How can you speak
Are you GOD? Were you here? Did you form my soul?"
Job says, "how I long for the months gone by, for the days
when GOD watched over me,
When his beautiful lamp shone upon his head and even
down to his feet,
And by his light I walk through darkness down here on
Oh, how I long for the days when I was in my prime, GOD
has been with me from my birth.
When I went to the gate of the city and took my seat in the
All would come around me when they knew I was there,
The young men saw me and stepped aside and the old
men rose to their feet,
The chief men refrained from talking when they heard me
begin to speak.
Those who knew me spoke well of me, because I rescued
Those that were fatherless and them that cried out for
help, to these I gladly opened my door,
I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame, and I was a
father to the needy,
I took up the case of the stranger and I rebuked the
Now they all mock me young and old of any race,
When they see me now, they do not hesitate to spit in my
Night pierces my bones, my gnawing pains never rest,
Oh GOD, I cried out, is this what I get for doing my best?
Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do
Does not GOD see my ways and count my every step, oh
GOD, is this where I belong?
Oh that I had someone to hear me, and let my accuser put
his indictment in writing,
I would give him an account of every step and ask of him
why with me is he fighting?
I could never put my trust in gold or in fortune my hands
For I dread destruction from GOD and for fear of his
splendor, I could do no such things,"
Job showed himself righteous before his three friends, they
had no more to say or nothing else to do,
So another voice came forward, a young man named
"I've sat here long enough, I waited while you spoke,
Therefore I say listen to me, I too will tell you what I
Elihu said, "Listen, Job, I am perfect in knowledge to a
After Elihu finished, the Lord Almighty said, "Now I am
going to speak."
The Lord said to Job, "Brace yourself like a man, I will
What part of creating the world and of man and the
animals did you have to do?"
After the Lord had finished questioning Job about the
earth and nature's plan,
Job said, "I'm sorry, Lord, I spoke of things I did not
My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen
Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes,
this I do."
Then the Lord said to Job's friends, "Your words came out
In order for me to forgive you, you must ask Job to pray
for you, then I will accept his prayer.
After Job prayed, he was made prosperous again, twice as
much as before,
Just you remember what Job went through when trouble
knocks at your door,
It may seem like GOD has abandoned you,
Just remember he is there, waiting to see which road you
to make you gay when you are burdened,
And to make you gayer when you are gay,
Just sing, and say praises to Jesus every minute, every
hour, every day.
The wind that my GOD causes to blow.
The nature that my GOD causes to grow.
The warmth and the cold my GOD causes to come and go.
The fragrances of the flowers of the summer and in the
winter of snow.
The goodness of my GOD in some of the places I know.
But yet with these same eyes, I see the world in desperate
need of my Lord.
Also smelling the filthiness and uncleanliness of this
At the same time tasting the bitterness and hatred of this
But GOD still gives me the love and that warm feeling to
work for him in this world.
We Know Not the Time
No man knows when his time will come,
When all his loving and his work down here on this earth
will be done,
As a fish that has been caught in a cruel net,
And as a special trap that has just been set,
Or as a bird that has just been taken in a snare,
You know not your time, you could be anywhere,
We could be at work or just going out to play,
We could be visiting a friend or taking a walk, all on a
We could be in a church or just picking up some food from
We could be just driving along or vacationing at a
Just remember don't wait, because it might be too late,
Only what you do for the Lord will last,
Everything else is vanity and will surely pass.
Which One Is Right?
There are so many different beliefs today,
They all believe that theirs is the right way,
the Witnesses believe that they have the one hundred and
forty-four thousand amongst them you see,
While the Adventist says keeping the Sabbath is the most
important command to me,
On the other hand, you have the Muslims who teach,
That Jesus was just another prophet and that black people
we need to reach,
the Baptists believe as long as they go to church and have
a good time,
Praising the name of Jesus not realizing that the sin in our
lives must be put far behind,
The Catholics want to control all the world's religions
under one power,
They have lowered their standards, to lead more people
astray in this earth's last hour,
The Sanctify and Holy go all day dancing and shouting
and speaking in tongues you must possess,
If you do not then the spirit on you it did not rest,
Then we have all different groups which are classified as
Some believe in racism, while others indulge in free sex to
male to male and children to adults,
The lust of the flesh has taken over the whole corrupt
world and in the churches has worked its way,
All the preachers and teachers and even the Pope see this
and have nothing to say,
People steal, kill, fornicate, and take drugs all through the
Sabbaths and Sundays the same one you will find in
church their Lord trying to seek,
There are some who want to walk that long narrow road,
but just honestly don't know how,
To them I say fall down on your knees and seek the Lord
Pray for forgiveness of your sins and ask for the Holy
Spirit to guide,
You in truth and give you wisdom, knowledge, and
understanding as the Bible you open wide,
Jesus said that there is only one GOD, one baptism and
only one Spirit on which we must rely,
On all these others no matter how right they seem we
must not try,
There is only one true church and they who love the Lord
with all their heart and keep his commands,
And drive out all sin from one's life and put all your trust
and hope in GOD and not in man.
So there it is people, now you know it's hard work,
Only them that studies GOD's word and love and obeys
can be in his true church,
It's not a building down here on this earth built by human
It's only them who worship GOD and his Son in spirit can
The promises of GOD we can really claim,
What He did for David, Moses, and Job for us he will do
Study and show thyself approved, we were told,
Commit yourself to GOD and don't give yourself to the
devil just to be sold,
Jesus, GOD's only Son, has already paid the price,
When He hung between heaven and earth for us to make
Now do you see as you look at these religions, down here
on this earth,
They all are from man's hand that gave them birth,
Some will ask now, what will I do if I don't go to church
anymore with them,
Remember Jesus said where two or more that are gathered
in my name, there I am with him,
With him, because they are on one accord, you see,
Just praising and honoring GOD for his grace and his
goodness and his strength he is giving to you and me.
Blessed is the man who does not walk with the wicked or
Stand with the sinners or sit with the mockers at their
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and he meditates
Day and night, which makes him strong and able,
To be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields
its fruit in season,
Whose leaf does not wither, when asked why he gives
GOD as his only reason,
Whatever he does shall prosper, but GOD only has that
Not so the wicked! They are like the chaff that the wind
will blow away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor
sinners in the assembly of those who do right,
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but
The way of the wicked will perish from God's sight.
Everyone is complaining how hard times are today
Trying to live a decent life with all these high taxes to pay
People are scared of how bad things are which have some
Never knowing while you are out you may be the next
victim of a carjacking
So many people are without someone to comfort them in
times of need
When a best friend is very sick or a loved one that passed
is very hard to believe
I must say that the dead who had already died
Are better off than the living who are still alive,
But better than both is he who has not yet been,
Born in this evil, sick, degenerate world full of immorality
What is Thy Name?
Man wants to know thou holy name
The Jews call you Yahweh, some say Jehovah means the
Jesus told me to call you Father you see
Because Jesus said, "You loved me so much you sent him
to die for me."
You see, Heavenly Father, I know your name, you told us
But still I feel so much better and closer to you when I call
you my Father, in whom I put all my trust.
Chasing After the Wind
What does a man gain from all his labors?
Is it for his family or trying to keep up with his neighbors?
We work very hard to save a little and pay our bills,
Just when you think you are a little ahead of the game,
Something else comes up to set you back still.
Just as the sun rises and the sun sets,
Early in the morning we go to work and in the evening we
come home, what do we get?
Babies are born almost every minute, this I can't deny,
While at the same time somewhere in the world someone
We fill our gas tanks only for the gas to be used up again,
All is vanity, chasing after the wind,
The more knowledge man thinks he knows,
The more trouble and grief for mankind grows.
And yet when I stop and look at all of this, that's going on
under the sun,
We aren't doing anything new that hasn't already been
So what is man's purpose here on earth? I wish it could be
Just to live to eat and drink and try to do good?
If that is what you are thinking, my friend, you are just
chasing after the wind, that's no doubt.
Man was created here to know and serve the Almighty
And from his life, drive all evil out,
Man is made from the dust of the earth and to the dust he
The righteous are saved and the wicked will bum,
All is vanity, vanity, when chasing after the wind,
Give up the chase, my friend, and to GOD go in.
How Much Do They Cost?
Man digs mines for silver and gold,
After they are refined, then they are sold.
Iron is taken from the earth and copper is smelted from
We purchase merchandise made of these materials from
Man pays billions to go to the moon,
Now they will pay even more to try to get to Mars soon.
Man tunnels through rock to the center of the earth far
beyond our sight,
Then from the darkest part of the earth, he brings up many
strange and hidden things to light.
He also goes deep, deep to the deepest part of the ocean
He keeps on going until the great ocean pressure forbids
him to go no more.
But where can wisdom be found and where does
These are they that man can never price to sell.
They could never be bought with all the silver and gold on
Because man will never comprehend its real worth.
They are priceless! Man asks where can they be found?
So he continues his search from town to town.
Man who relies on man, will never think of
To find wisdom and understanding you go to GOD up
GOD understands the way to it and He alone knows where
For He views the ends of the earth and sees everything
under the heavens as well.
When He established the forces of the wind and measured
out the waters above and below,
Then He made a decree for the rain and a path for the
thunderstorm, only He can know.
Then GOD says to man, "You ask me where are they, how
much do they cost and are they not demanding?"
GOD says, my son, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom and
to shun evil that is understanding.
I Can't Do It Alone
Please Holy Spirit come into my life
Remove the evil spirit of hatred and strife
Comfort me and hold me as I seek thy way
Guide my feet and control my tongue and hold my hand
I seek to do the will of my Father above
To study the word and live it out in love
I really love you Holy GOD and Jesus your son
For everything you show me and for all that you have
You guide me through your word so plain
Why can't others see if it's not from you GOD it's all in vain
I feel so lonely and lost when I'm not in your word
I feel like a lonely, flying, lost little bird.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for coming into my life
Thank you, my GOD, for bringing me out of darkness into
My GOD, the truth is so very bright.
A Prayer for Mankind
There was a man who went down to Alabama and
To tell the white people to let his people be
There were some who didn't want to do this thing
So instead, they shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King.
Even today, as we can plainly see
People are still blind of letting others be free
Even though we really don't know who shot Dr. King
But we can be sure on one important thing.
That is, when they assassinated Dr. King, they didn't think
There was someone watching them, that's my Lord above
They may escape from people down here on this earth
But they can't escape from the one who gives and takes
We all know Dr. King wanted equality and peace
So why can't we let all this racial fighting cease?
Even though we have all these racial problems from land
I can say honestly that I am not prejudiced against any
We have these groups called the Muslims and the Ku Klux
They both say they are doing right but to me they are
making it more difficult for the survival of man
My Lord, people here on earth go about solving problems
any old kind of way
But if they only knew the answer, that is, to obey you and
fall on their knees and pray.
If all people of all races could see this way is best
I am sure, Lord, we all would see a great deal of progress
Oh, Lord, I feel so bad about the death of Dr. King inside
But from what I see this feeling is nationwide.
But in spite of the way the people feel
Will that dream of our Dr. King really become real?
Oh Lord, I know some people of all races want to do their
So Father, give them the desire to ask for forgiveness.
Oh Lord, I know some people are stubborn and weak and
can't get along
But Heavenly Father, I pray for them to make their love
for you and mankind spiritually strong
Father we go to church to praise you and sing
But Father, may I ask of you just one more thing?
Please forgive us all for what we have done
Father, let us all want to live as equally as one.
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Table of Contents
ContentsJob the Man....................8
We Know Not the Time....................13
Which One Is Right?....................14
What Is Thy Name?....................19
Chasing After the Wind....................20
How Much Do they Cost?....................21
I Can't Do It Alone....................23
A Prayer for Mankind....................24
What Happened to Justice?....................26
The Time Machine....................29
What's Going On?....................30
Who Did That?....................33
If We Are That Bad!....................35
A Tribute to Women....................39
I Just Came to Say Thank You....................41
Can You See?....................52
A Change Will Come....................54