One By One, They Shall Be Free

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St Francis of Assisi once said "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." We hear a lot about the evil that goes on in this world... Wars, rape, murder, genocide. When we think that all hope is lost and that only the evil will prevail, a light appears... The light of a kind soul that stands strong against the brutality of humanity. To see a kind act in a sea of depravity is a rare sight indeed, but one that helps to restore faith in human beings and their ability to perform good deeds in the face of such barbarity. Be a light and never let the flames of evil blow it out.

Submitted: December 12, 2015

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Through the town's bustling streets,

Past the endless sea of faces,

You will find many a market stalls,

With creatures, who's lives are being wasted.

 

Over there stands a large brown bear,

With chains around it's neck and shackles upon it's feet,

This poor thing knows nothing of a free life,

Everyday, having to dance merely to earn it's keep.

 

And over there caged dogs cry aloud,

Knowing not what terror awaits,

When their captors decide to butcher and skin them alive,

Oh if only they knew of their own disgrace.

 

Further down the street we see,

Little seal cubs so hapless,

Staring at their captors with a look of such helplessness,

As they bring down that mighty club upon their gentle heads.

 

Look over there my friends,

See that monstrous pile of ivory,

If you care to venture a little further out of town,

You will see with your own eyes, the consequence of such barbarity.

 

Gaze your eyes over to the stall here,

The one with many lion head rugs,

Lord only knows what these poor animals were put through,

But these hunters care little, even if left behind are it's starving cubs.

 

Wait... What is happening over there,

Look at that gathering around that man's stall,

Take a wander and see his performance,

What does this man have in store?

 

36 bird cages swaying softly in the breeze,

As these birds so eloquently sing,

Does he intend to harm them,

Oh wait... Look upon this beautiful thing!

 

One by one the man opens each cage,

Releasing these wondrous creatures back to where they came,

To the open skies where they can live once more,

Free from slavery, never to be held prisoner again.

 

"Farewell beautiful birds," we cry,

As their freedom warms our hearts,

Maybe there are still good people in this world,

That realize kindness matters, wherever in the world you are.

-- James William Cooper


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