The cold within

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

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    Six humans trapped by happenstance

    In bleak and bitter cold,

    Each one possessed a stick of wood

    Or so the story’s told.



    Their dying fire in need of logs

    The first man held his back,

    For of the faces around the fire

    He noticed one was black.



    The next man looking across the way

    Saw not one of his church

    And couldn't bring himself to give

    The fire his stick of birch.



    The third one sat in tattered clothes

    He gave his coat a hitch

    Why should his log be put to use

    To warm the idle rich?



    The rich man sat back and thought

    Of the wealth he had in store

    And how to keep what he had earned

    From the lazy, shiftless poor.



    The black man's face bespoke revenge

    As the fire passed from his sight.

    For all he saw in his stick of wood

    Was a chance to spite the white.



    The last man of this forlorn group

    Did nought except for gain.

    Giving only to those who gave

    Was how he played the game.



    Their logs held tight in death's still hands

    Was proof of human sin.

    They didn't die from cold without

    They died from the cold within.



    James Patrick Kinney
     
  2. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    SO TRUE.THANKS PHIL.J.D.
     

  3. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    a lesson learned .....too late . Thanks for that Phil
     
  4. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Very insightful post. Thank you.
     
  5. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Phil!

    Had they forgiven their trespassers, they would have still possessed the fire within...........:sad2:

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  6. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Great poem!

    Thast so much more inspiring than the one about the guy from Nantucket. :big_smile: