Submitted by jerleen1 on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 11:54.

This is an old poem that I found in the newspaper years ago.  The author is unknown:


Six humans trapped in happenstance, In dark 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 woman held hers back, For of the faces around the fire, She 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 just 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 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 naught except for gain, Giving only to those who gave, Was how he played the game,

The logs held tight in death's still hands, Was proof of human sin, They didn't die from cold without, They died from cold within.





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