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Thu Mar 12, 2020, 10:47 AM

 

The Cold Within

This was my friend Rubin's favorite poem. I loved hearing him recite it. He came from a line of preachers, and delivered it with gusto. I was thinking it might be of value as we consider events in the Democratic Party's primaries. We are in this together. We need every Democrat to be united in November. Let's use our sticks to beat Trump. It beats the hell out of how cold it will be if Trump is given a second term.


The Cold Within
by Timothy Kinney

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 round the fire
He 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.

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 the cold without
They died from the cold within.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Undecided

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left-of-center2012 Mar 2020 #1
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Turin_C3PO Mar 2020 #3
H2O Man Mar 2020 #7
Bayard Mar 2020 #4
H2O Man Mar 2020 #8
PETRUS Mar 2020 #5
H2O Man Mar 2020 #9
PETRUS Mar 2020 #11
PatSeg Mar 2020 #6
H2O Man Mar 2020 #10
a kennedy Mar 2020 #12
H2O Man Mar 2020 #13

Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:03 AM

1. Thank you

 

I never read that before, but will be passing it along.
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:38 AM

2. Thanks!

 

I loved hearing Rubin recite it.
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:46 AM

3. Great poem!

 

Thank you for posting.
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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:06 PM

7. Thank you!

 

I recognize that those who need to think about it will ignore the poem's message. But I am confident that others understand.
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 11:52 AM

4. Powerful

 

That's a keeper.
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Response to Bayard (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:07 PM

8. Thanks!

 

It's in one of the biographies of Carter. And something I heard him recite numerous times.
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:01 PM

5. That's a wonderful poem, and new to me!

 

Thanks for sharing it.

There are as many different perspectives and experiences as there are people. While it's true that there are conflicting interests in the world and not every attempt to resolve them can be "win-win," I think it is possible to find compromises that preserve everyone's dignity and meet everyone's most basic needs. Others may disagree, but I believe that the records of both of our major remaining candidates shows that each of them has the ability to work constructively with people who see things very differently.-*
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Response to PETRUS (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:11 PM

9. Thank you!

 

One of the things I find curious in reading DU:GD-P this morning is how many people are totally unaware that Joe and Bernie are in close communication at this time. They have far more in common than they have differences. They know it is essential that we beat Trump. They are friends, not enemies. But that truth is not grasped by some of our chattering friends.
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Response to H2O Man (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:44 PM

11. Well, there is a competition in progress.

 

One thing I've noticed about sports is that fans are often more adversarial than players. That might not be the best analogy, since whether Bernie or Joe wins the nomination or whether the Democratic nominee wins or loses in November is far more consequential than who wins the Stanley Cup (for example), but I wonder if there's a similar dynamic at play, at least with some voters.
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:05 PM

6. Very powerful!

 

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:11 PM

10. Thanks!

 

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:50 PM

12. Wow indeed.......

 

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 12, 2020, 12:54 PM

13. Thank you!

 

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