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Topic: Rich (04/26/12)
TITLE: Ivor and the Eye of the Needle
By Melanie Kerr
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Lived by the premise “Yes, I can!”
Bars of iron and doors of steel
Could not withstand his forceful zeal
He lived his life believing he
Barred from heaven would never be
His riches were an obvious sign
That he and God were doing fine
He heard a rumour most absurd
But deep inside unease was stirred
A camel and a needle’s eye
His place in heaven could deny
Through the eye, a space so small
A camel couldn’t pass at all
Likewise those with piles of gold
Might not be let into God’s fold
He stomped around the house that night
Complaining loudly, “It’s not right!
He searched - there was no exit clause,
No loopholes or no hidden doors
Could this be just a writer’s ploy?
A clever phrase he should enjoy?
A proverb said to prick his heart
To scare him, from his money part?
The “eye” t’was said was just a gate
For those arriving really late
A camel down upon his knees
Through this gate could often squeeze
A wealthy man must bend the knee
Surrender up his storehouse key
But rich men seldom want to bow
It seems as if they don’t know how
With treasure safe in heaven’s store
Who could really ask for more?
But many sadly walk away
A move they will regret one day
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