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Topic: Write in the HUMOR genre (04/12/07)
TITLE: Humor To Some Is Cruelty To Others
By Doug Laird
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John stands out, as one who seldom laughed.
It wasn’t that he was a serious fellow,
it was his past that made him so mellow.
In his days of youth he was just like most,
finding all the reasons to brag and to boast.
But the ones who were not as popular as he
were subjected to the jokes of cruelty.
Some sensitive kids “got it” more than others,
and cried at night to their consoling mothers.
Others fought back and got strong and tough,
who were feared when announcing, “that’s enough.”
But there are always the ones that painfully endures
the criticism and isolation that being different ensures.
While overtly seeming to accept it with a grain of salt,
privately they are praying that it would soon come to a halt.
One day John heard a sermon about the treatment of brothers,
and soon made friends with those laughed at by others.
But there came a day when his commitment was put to the test.
when John forsook his new friend and joined in with the rest.
The next day the principal announced at the school,
a moment of silence for the one made to feel like a fool.
The boy who had been laughed at and then forsaken by John
Had taken his life, unwilling to go on.
For a long time John lived with a haunt,
of a guilt-ridden conscience that no one would want.
He knew that God would forgive him for the sins of his youth,
but still had to live with what he knew was the truth.
God has a way of making good out of the bad.
John has a message that can make others less sad.
When hearing the humorous words of a fool,
consider the feelings of others and the Golden Rule.
There was only one created to be just like you,
And in the eyes of the Maker you’re of great value, too.
He sent down His Son, to die for you,
And would have done this if it were only for you.
Laughter is good as it lifts up the heart.
And brings traces of light into a world turned dark.
But if hurting others is the result of our laughter,
We will give an account to their Maker in the life hereafter.
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