Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sloth - by Bob Atkinson

Sloth
(c)2013 Bob Atkinson

trials of the disadvantaged
build upon self doubt
over and above those drab
circumstances of virtue not

money has no value
when usage not redeemed
while purpose overcomes the bad
with broadest hopes and dreams

you say you're poverty stricken
no bread upon your table
then out to that fabled street
get yourself enabled

help someone carry loads
for which ill equipped are they
ask not for reward
ask not for some good pay

ask only that you filled a need
of someone else's trials
ask to become useful
in that struggle we call life

if you have a power of your hands
to help someone in need
and sit there on your backside
you're nothing but a weed

a dandelion grows unwanted
on soil another made
as a weed cannot thus understand
giving of self for humanity's sake

but,
in some other circumstance
becomes a medicine of note
that same unwanted plantlife
into the useful itself transforms

a weed devours nutrients
not returning what's been fed
a weed lives without feeding
another's belly or humble head

money has no value
when purpose there not shared
money doesn't replace kindness
deeds of thought or simple caring

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