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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Cold Within

THE COLD WITHIN

By James Patrick Kinney (see end note)

Six humans trapped by 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 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 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 the cold without,
They died from ---THE COLD WITHIN.

[Ed. Note] There is a discrepancy in the authorship of this poem. The original submitted work stated that the author was: Douglas C. Corlett © 1987. Recently, we received a few notifications saying that the author is: James Patrick Kinney. Since copies of The Cold Within on other web site list both authors, with Kinney having the oldest date, we have listed him as the author.

Friday, January 7, 2011

2nd Excerpt From "Born Crucified" by L.E. Maxwell

It is not easy to define the word world. The scriptures speak of the "ruler of this world" (John 12:31); of "the course of this world" (Ephesians 2:2), which is according to "god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV); of "the spirit of this world," which is contrary to the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:12); of "the form of this world," which is passing away (1 Corinthians 7:31); and of the wisdom of this world, which "crucified the Lord of Glory" (1 Corinthians 2:8). Little wonder, then, that God says: "Do not love the world"