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PurpleChest
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2020-06-21 21:44:32
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A 60's poem for 2020
Written 60 years ago, as relevant now as then.


“The Cold Within” by James Patrick 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.
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Posted by pokrjax on 2020-06-21 22:30:54
Fantastic, thanks.
Radio 4's Poetry Please this week was excellent and well worth a listen for anyone who wants a little more ;)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k94q
Posted by Swampserpent on 2020-06-22 00:04:24
copyed n pasted to facebook, hope thats ok, good poem.
Posted by PurpleChest on 2020-06-22 00:15:13
Absolutely fine swampserpent. Its public domain.

Here's where i got it, and it adds a lot of context:
http://www.allthingsif.org/archives/1405
Posted by ArthurWynne on 2020-06-22 00:39:44
J.P.Kinney could write, no doubt about that!
But I can't get past the false equivalence that pervades this poem. There isn't an equal share of resources, there isn't an equal share of guilt, there isn't an equal share of responsibility.
Posted by MenonaLoco on 2020-06-22 00:50:57
Lol Arthur, its not about equality.

The false equivalence lies more in the nature of everyday sharing. In a market you offer, to have gain. Win win. Its worrysome when so many people dont even believe in win win situations anymore.
Posted by ArthurWynne on 2020-06-22 02:44:29
But that's the thing. It's easy to say that people don't believe in mutual aid for mutual benefit anymore, but it's not true. There are a lot of people working to help each other in just that way. But then there are some greedy people who hoard resources, and some who are so hateful that they'd rather starve than eat, as long as their enemies starve with them.

Those are the people who are to blame. It's not a symmetrical issue.
Posted by PurpleChest on 2020-06-22 03:13:37
your right Arthur, there isnt.

But we can all do something. We can all be better. And we can try to overcome that which stops us doing those things.

And Menona i dont have an issue with reciprocation, but not everything needs to have a gain for you. I dont march for BLM to get woke credits, or status, or Kudos, i marched because we all should, because we can be better. Because Im tired of fighting a fight that should be long over, and I dont want my kids having to do the same when they grow up.

'Did nought except for gain' doesnt mean never gain, but it does mean that shouldnt be your only motivation. Sometimes we should just do things because they need doing, because they are right.
Posted by Malmir on 2020-06-22 17:34:28
Very clever, and apt, and I love the ending.
Posted by Joost on 2020-06-22 20:38:46
great poem. thanks for sharing
Posted by The_Murker on 2020-06-22 22:09:19
Pretty damn bleak setting for that poem. I can't help but think, in this situation, because things seem so utterly hopeless anyway, that all that these miserable bastards have to cling to at the end is their own ugly viewpoint.

"If we're all dead anyway, I'm not going to be the one to go soft. Not in this company."

Perhaps partly a commentary on the dangers of hopelessness.