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Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)
TITLE: A Little Boy's Quiet Talk
By Charla Diehl
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What’s inside that makes me act as if I am no good.
Sometimes words shoot out when anger is my game
Like bullets hitting targets--people hurt--then I’m ashamed.
Weekends when help is needed, I run the other way
Who has time for chores when there’s barely time to play,
Upon my return from my favored fishing hole
A cloud of guilt descends and settles in my soul.
Once when teacher caught me chewing gum inside the school
I lied and said I didn’t know about that stupid rule.
Her squinting eyes warned me I was skatin’ on thin ice,
But I argued with her “what’s the harm”--not once--but twice!
My older sister primps in the bathroom much too long
So I hid an ugly frog in a place he didn’t belong;
With much anticipation I waited for her scream
Then laughed shamelessly--tell me, why am I so mean.
Last week my best pal, Billy’s pitchin’ arm got broke
Instead of feeling sad, my thoughts deserved a poke;
Maybe now the coach’ll put me on the mound,
Today my conscience needs the peace that Billy found.
Now the sun is resting and my room is painted dark,
My quiet talk with God ignited a holy spark,
I’m pretty sure tomorrow I’ll be good as good can be,
Doing things I oughta--I put God in charge of me.
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