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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A D-Xirable Poem! James Patrick Kinney "The Cold Within"

Hello my wonderful and amazing loves!

I've been quite busy lately. I will post pictures up of my recent activities soon. In the meantime, I would like to share a post of one of my favorite poems from high school. The poem is called "The Cold Within" by James Patrick Kinney. Basically, it's a poem about selfishness. I hope you enjoy the poem and post!

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."
~ Napoleon Hill

"Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race."
~ William E. Gladstone 

by James Patrick Kinney

Six humans trapped in 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 of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.

The next man looking across the way
Saw not one 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.

(I LOVE this picture because it's all I think when I see this scene in Titanic)

To be completely honest, there's a bit of selfishness in every one of us -
A bit of selfishness that keeps us sane.
But it's in our acts of selflessness that creates a better and more peaceful world.
It's in our acts of selflessness that creates progress in our world.
It's our acts of selflessness that restores humanity.
And even the smallest act of selflessness, such as a smile, gives hope to the person receiving it.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Love always,
LaTasha B.


  1. I otally agree with what you have said and this poetry is beautiful!

    1. Hello lovely Francesca!

      Thank you! I'm glad that you agree and I'm glad that you like the poetry! :) Thanks for your comment love! :)

      Love always,
      LaTasha B.

  2. Hi sweety, its always so great to hear from you, thanks so stopping by. Wow, this poem is truly dynamic and powerful. Its the first time I am reading it and it spoke volumes. People can be so selfish and self-involved, often cutting their noses to spite their faces...this is a great lesson for us all, I think the more you give in life, the more you get out. And when you stop thinking about what you're going to get in return, the joy of giving becomes even more valuable.

    1. Hello lovely Sam!

      No problem on stopping by love! I always enjoy visiting your page! :) I'm glad that you enjoyed the poem! I agree with you! You're so wise love! :)

      Love always,
      LaTasha B.

  3. Hi sweety, how have you been? Are you well? I am grateful for your comments. You are so thoughtful to always stop by. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Hello lovely Sam!

      I'm doing fine. Life is treating me well. Thanks for asking! How are you love! No problem on the comments love! I LOVE your blog! I'm grateful for your comments as well! :) Thanks sweetheart! You have a lovely weekend as well! :)

      Love always,
      LaTasha B.


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