The Dying Ember

I read this poem today, and it touched me and I thought I would share it with everyone else to enjoy as well!



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 of 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 man 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.


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 hands

Was proof of human sin.

They died, not from the cold without;

They died from the COLD WITHIN…




This so reminds me of the fact that Jesus died for us – His Love has saved us!!!!  Love does …. concquer all!

2 Responses to “The Dying Ember”
  1. Alexandria says:

    I like that as a reminder of not living with an ugly inside

    • Debra says:

      Beauty and warmth should always come from the inside, then everyone they encounter will feel that warmth! – no ugly inside …. Bless you xx

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