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Topic: WASTE (10/11/18)
- TITLE: The Island of Corrupt Words
By Annette Griffin
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
except for the large heaps of waste.
Once every Monday a transport would come
and dump piles of words said in haste.
Tuesday’s new shipment left worrisome words;
not one of them had any use.
Wednesday brought gossip—idle and cruel,
discarded by lips that were loose.
Judgement came Thursdays, making a fuss,
declaring the sentence unfair.
Political bicker came Friday nights,
insisting it shouldn’t be there.
Saturday’s cargo was made up of rage,
and words that were vile, harsh, and crude.
Sunday delivered a freight of curse words
and those that were bitter and rude.
The mounds just kept growing, week after week
with each added truckload of haul.
Till one day the ruler—of every word
arrived on the island to call.
“What are these mountains?” demanded the King,
“And why aren’t these words serving me?”
“The words are not useful,” said the King’s squire.
“We couldn’t just let them roam free.”
“Tis true that words wasted cannot be used.
They’d tear down the land,” the King said,
“but rather than hiding and hoarding them all
let’s aim to redeem them instead.
First, take this mountain of words said in haste
and give them new purpose and thought.
Then, take the worrisome words in your care
and help them to trust as they ought.
Next, you’ll give gossip a good dose of truth
to show it the err of its ways.
Judgement need only remember its faults
to turn it from other’s disgrace.
Political bicker has to reform
by giving up its need to win.
And as for the angry, bitter, and lewd--
they’ll all need a wash from within.”
“As the King wishes,” the King’s court replied.
The island was transformed that day.
They tore down the mountains—one at a time
and built up the kingdom to stay.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
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