Six humans trapped by happenstance
In dark and bitter cold
Each possessed a stick of wood–
Or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs,
But the first one held hers back,
For, of the faces around the fire,
She noticed one was black.
The next one looked cross the way
Saw one not of his church,
And could not bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes
He gave his coat a hitch,
Why should his log be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of wealth he had in store,
And keeping all that he had earned
From the lazy, shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight,
For he saw in his stick of wood
A chance to spite the white.
And the last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain,
Giving just to those who gave
Was how he played the game,
Their sticks held tight in death’s stilled hands
Was proof enough of sin;
They did not die from cold without–
They died from cold within.
“Rip the earth in two with your mind
Seal the urge which ensues with brass wires
I never meant you any harm
But your tears feel warm as they fall on my forearm
But close my eyes for a while
Force from the world a patient smile
How can you say that your truth is better than ours?
Shoulder to shoulder, now brother, we carry no arms
The blind man sleeps in the doorway, his home
If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won…..
But I gave you all..”
– these are the feelings in my heart tonight<3 love, Odra.
;As I lay here with a thought filled brain, I still seem to feel uneasy with today’s message. I honestly don’t know what the heck to say, so as I type I’m just going to put down every thought that comes to my mind… “Ready? Here goes nothing. Bananas, random texts… Uhmm love…. Wait You know when you talk to yourself in your brain and no one else can hear you? Well you are reading every word that my mind is saying aloud… It’s actually kind of weird! Ya know its actually really crazy at all the power “the mind” even has. Have you ever really thought about how much your brain is capable of? Some have told stories of them curing their own cancer and other illnesses by asking them to simply go away, or telling themselves that they never even have it all and actually believing in it. They always say how you can never be two places at once, yet mentally you really can. So many things can run through someone’s mind at one time and it causes them to become emotionally strung out here or there! Sometimes I wonder if almost everything that we believe in… if maybe it is just all in our heads, besides it is true that not everything is what it seems? If we could just figure out exactly how this thing worked life would be so much easier. Well, Then your mind wouldn’t persuade to you that your are In love when really it’s just a feeling of happiness in certain moments you share with a person.. Hmmmm Maybe if we had a remote that controlled the mind, or a manual that tells us how it’s supposed to be used?! Many people would say that’s what a psychology book is for, but I feel like there’s more to it then what meets the eye, or maybe…. It’s just all..in..my.. Head!
-sincerely Odra’s Brain (;
In my life I’ve been many places, I’ve seen many things and met many people. Some good some bad, and some were down right cruel. People always say that the events that happen in life frame who you are, and I surely agree, but sometimes holding on to moments will shape you into something that wasn’t meant to be. I’ve always Been the type to take things to heart, Ive always been the type to smile and wave although inside I was dying and I’ve always been considered the “girl who never let’s stuff go.” Yes, I have struggles with forgiving those who have hurt me and my family. Its true that once you’re hurt and it’s all said and done all you have left to rely on are memories… Memories that are better left unsaid.. Right? So we keep them stored away until we burst, and then all we seem to be are hate filled angry monsters longing for happiness. Today was my day, today was the day that I discovered the key to peace, the map to happiness and the will to say to those who have hurt me.. “I forgive you”. Not only did I say it but I felt it, wether I forgive them or not doesn’t heal them.. It heals me. We can’t waste away dwelling on things that have hurt us, or we will become just like the hateful monster that hurt us in the first place. If God can forgive us for all that we do everyday, why can’t we forgive those who done us wrong? “God forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors”!