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  • Cheryl Young
    ****************** The Cold Within Six humans trapped by happenstance in black and bitter cold Each possessed a stick of wood, Or so the story s told. Their
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      The Cold Within

      Six humans trapped by happenstance
      in black and bitter cold
      Each 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 on the faces around the fire
      She noticed one was black.

      The next man looking 'cross the way
      Saw one not 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 his sight,
      For all he saw in his stick of wood
      Was a chance to spite the white.

      And 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 stilled hands
      Was proof of human sin,
      They didn't die from the cold without,
      They died from the cold within.

      written by James Patrick Kinney in the mid 1970's


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