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Peacock and Toad
by Gerald Shuler 
01/02/08
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Two of God’s creatures walked down a road...
One was a peacock, the other a toad.
The peacock thought toad was vulgar and crude
While toad saw the peacock as prideful and rude.
They spoke very little because both understood
That the other was worthless, vile and no good.
In silence they traveled, not friendly at all
‘Til they came to a sign that made both of them stall.
The sign said “Repent, for this path soon will end.”
Now both creatures felt like they needed a friend.
“What does this mean?” the peacock asked toad.
“I haven’t a clue... it’s a sign in the road.”
“Do you think up ahead there’s a danger we’ll face?”
“Perhaps.” said the toad, “Let’s leave with great haste.”
But the peacock was puzzled by the sign’s word “Repent”...
What could it mean? The word made no sense!
So Peacock spoke out what fuzzied his mind...
“What is ‘repent’? Is it something you find?”
“It’s not found” Toad said, “it’s something you do,
But it wouldn’t be done by a peacock like you.”

The peacock, offended, stayed silent awhile
But then came a chuckle and a quick little smile.
“Do you think it could be” he asked of the toad,
“Do you think it could be we are on the wrong road?”
Toad stopped his hopping and peacock stopped too.
It made perfect sense, they now knew what to do.
Repent, they discovered, is a word ALL should know.
When you’ve gone the wrong way, then where else can you go?
Turn around! Don’t go on when signs all say Repent!
Turn around and stop going where you never were sent.
Find instead the right road, narrow and straight...
Walk away from the judging, the insults and hate.
Learn to love one another.... it’s better, you’ll see!
Make a friend of your enemy and then you’ll be free!

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Debbie Wistrom 19 Jun 2008
Your animal choices are perfect for this message. Especially enjoyed the rhymes.
Beth LaBuff  16 Jan 2008
Wow! You've done great work on this. I TOTOALLY enjoyed reading it. Love this -- "The peacock thought toad was vulgar and crude, The toad saw the peacock as prideful and rude." You are very good at poetry. Have you read any of Kenn Allan's poetry here on FW. I learned A LOT from reading his writing. (P.S. Thanks for the comment on my challenge entry.)




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