Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 - Advanced)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: Shall I stay or shall I go?
By Margaret Kearley
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I couldn’t do much, I’m here on my own,
There's no-one to help, and I've no mobile phone.
The danger is high, its a place full of crime,
And I've no opportunity to call 999.
He’s in a bad way, that's quite plain to see,
But someone will help, it’s not up to me.
The conditions are dirty, and if I just stayed
It’s really no place to offer first aid.
I've no plastic gloves, no cleansing hand-gel,
No antibiotic to make this man well.
The risks are too great, he might have HIV,
Let someone else help, it's not up to me.
It seems he needs nursing and medical care
And that leaves the question of 'Who', 'How' and 'Where'.
You can't choose just anyone, that wouldn't do
You’d have to be trained, with at least NVQ.
Then there's the matter of 'Who pays the fee'?
Let someone else help, take the burden off me.
If I need to lift him off this dirty track,
Without more assistance, I'd damage my back.
He could ride on my donkey, I suppose that is true
But if the mule stumbled, he could blame me and sue.
How could I afford then a high court-case fee?
Its better to leave him, its better for me.
‘I was hungry and thirsty, you bought food, drink my way,
I was lonely, a stranger, you asked me to stay.
I was naked, you clothed me, in prison you came,
And when I was sick you were there once again.
‘Lord, when did I do this, I wasn’t aware
Of meeting your need, of giving you care?’
‘I tell you the truth so the truth you may see,
What you do for another, you do unto me.’
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