“The Cold Within”

We are so tender and loving to our oppressors, off springs,
especially to the females, inspite of how they are still
treating us after four hundred years: Yet we are not so
compassionate no loving towards our own brothers and sisters.
Why? Are our conditions immutable? I should hope not.

Let us spread our love around, loving our brothers and sisters
and loving ourselves as God plan it to be and this could be
the Integral Part we been looking for all our lives.

We are to have no one, but we must be on the alert for our
lives depend on it, so we may not, perish from the cold
within.

This is why I have chosed this Poem.  But before reciting it…
I have decided that the author and the editor be considered
Anonymous.  It will eliminate ulterior motives and ultimately
the contents of this poem, should be taken for what it worth to
each and every individual here.  You will then be your own
judges, and evaluate yourselves;  Halo’s or Pitchforks.

“Six humans trapped by happenstance
In black 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 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 spike 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 still hand
Was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold without,
They died from the cold within.”

As read by Mr. Charles Felix at GGACF for
Haile Selassie Birthday Celebration 7/26/09


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