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thou shalt not steal

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LindsayP
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0 posted 08-22-2008 10:07 PM       View Profile for LindsayP   Email LindsayP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LindsayP


           Thou Shalt Not Steal

A young lad walked home from school by himself
With a very worried look on his face,
For he’d stolen five dollars from up on a shelf
And the teacher had sent him home in disgrace.

She had stood him out in front of the class
And severely denounced his pathway of sin,
She said of his demeanor she couldn’t let pass,
Nor the ongoing trouble that he’d find himself in.

She said if he continued this commandment to break,
It would surely bring him nothing but grief,
His own self respect he would surely forsake
And be branded by all as a thief.

Thou shalt not steal, was there in the bible,
A commandment that we all must impel,
Not following that path he would surely be liable  
To finish up in the dark dungeons of hell.

Why had he done it, he felt sick at heart,
It was a spur of the moment thing he had done,
He had no wish from an honest path to depart
But it was something that could not be undone.

He thought of his mother & what she would think,
He knew his indiscretion would leave her quite sad,
He felt quite ashamed, large tears made him blink
And what would his punishment be from his dad.

He pondered the problem as he headed for home,
Taking advice from the teacher when she said, Horrie,
When you grow to manhood & start out to roam,
If you don’t mend your ways, I know you’ll be sorry.

                                                              Lindsay Wilson


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1 posted 08-22-2008 10:21 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

The kindest teachers were often the most severe ones on our conscience, Lindsay. You left for all time a truth that we can only hope will be read by generations in time. I do hope, sir, that you put this to paper to be left in your own personal archives!

Thank you!

Robert E. Jordan
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2 posted 08-22-2008 10:31 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Yo LindsayP,

Cut me some slack Mate.

Bobby
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3 posted 08-23-2008 10:09 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

Dear Lindsay, the message came across very powerfully. Those tears of repenting were surely enough to heal this lad from wanting to steal again.

In my opinion, if it was the first time, the teacher should have taken him apart, without telling the whole class, which equalled to label him forever as a thief, even if it was a one time episode.

It is hard for educators sometimes!

I always highly appreciate your life stories, dear Lindsay, you are such fine storyteller/poet.

Love,
Margherita

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I am mastered totally by Love."
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4 posted 08-24-2008 03:30 AM       View Profile for Alison   Email Alison   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alison

laughs at Bobby's response

Most good, Lindsay.  I think we have all walked that long walk home - I know I have.

A
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5 posted 08-24-2008 12:19 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Teachers could be pretty servere back then and now they're not allowed to be strict enough.
                        Ida
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Yes some do learn those lessons early on in life , others continue getting into  strife


Hope
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To my very dear friends, Karilea, Bobby,
Margherita, Alison, Ida and Hope, you are all so generous with your response and I sincerely thank you all. It is all the good friends I have made on PIP that keeps me writing. God bless and have a happy day.

Lindsay
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Dear LP, this is another fine gem from your pen.

Impetuosity can have far-reaching consequences.
A fact that needs to be ingrained in the minds of youths. Actually, that fact should be heeded by all of us!

Love to you, my dear Aussie friend,

Linda
LindsayP
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Dear Linda, many thanks my dear for your
very kind summation of my poem. Most people

young or old could benefit from reading it. Love you.

Lindsay  
Earl Brinkman
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10 posted 01-08-2011 07:44 PM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

As a boy, I sometimes too did things on the spur of the moment that I was later ashamed of because a teacher or my parents pointed out the errors of my ways.  I think it must be a fairly common occurence.
 
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