Charcoal

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Have YOU ever planted a coal - hoping for a diamond?

Submitted: October 23, 2008

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Submitted: October 23, 2008

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The Barbecue Diamond Conversation
 
A single, clumpy stump of charcoal jumped from the grill
“Please, I do not wish to be killed!” it shrilled with a deafening scream
We replied, “Imagine the thrill of the steak you’ll bake on a plate with some beans”
It seems
This briquette didn’t like the subject of being burned by the fire
Simply to fulfill our hungry desire
“You only hate me because I’m black!” it attacked
“What?!, once you’ve been heated – you turn ghostly white!” came our reply
This clumpy stump of dumpy charcoal began to cry
“I have no alibi – I’m meant to be cooked. What have I ever done to you? I’m no crook.
 Is it the way I look?”
We stared and declared, “No, it’s more the way you cook.”
“What is my fate if no diamond I will never make? I’m simply meant to bake?”
“You will be dumped in the trash. You’ll simply be ash.”
“This life should mean more than cooking your meal.” It said as it made it’s appeal
“We say your life is ideal –you get the good end of the deal”
 We won’t eat you. We won’t beat you. We actually really need you.” Came our reply
“Yes, to set me on fire. I do not wish to burn.
 I want to be something you’ll never forget –
 Much more than a run-of-the-mill Charcoal Briquette.
 I wish to be planted like a seed.” Said he
“Nothing will grow” this we all know
“Didn’t you know? Planted Charcoal can grow a Diamond tree!” This was the final plea
Indeed. We shall see “A Diamond Tree!” Excited were we
With a thought and a grin – this charcoal is given the land
Planted next to the tomatoes by our greedy hand
When you look at the shivering grill and the undercooked steak
Think of the endless diamonds this charcoal will make
Never will we forget
The day we planted a diamond tree from a Charcoal Briquette


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