Paints and Ladders

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You gaze upwards at the ceiling
peeling and covered in smoke
from the candles lighted daily
taking prayers to heaven

You shake your head in despair;
              it needs paint                        
yet you are unable to hire a painter;
should you pray for one to appear?

There is a ladder in the room
and buckets of paint, all the right color;
you light a candle and say a silent prayer
to Luca, the patron saint of painters

Morning comes and no painter appears
God has forsaken me;
Not so says a voice
you have been given a ladder and the paint

If the ceiling remains unpainted
it is not the fault of the Lord;
there are as many unpainted ceilings
as there are poor, suffering injustice

You have been given the means
now you must find the will
for unpainted ceilings, poverty and injustice
are not the fault of the Lord.

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CityWoman 2012 – Where is your ladder leaning?

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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5 Responses to Paints and Ladders

  1. sojourner says:

    Absolutely spot on, Frank!

    We need to stop looking for “heroes” and “saviors” to rescue us from OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITIES, and become our own unique, individual hero and savior! And then we can begin to solve the vast problems facing all of us together!

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  2. sojourner says:

    Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    We need to stop looking for “heroes” and “saviors” to rescue us from OUR OWN RESPONSIBILITIES, and become our own unique, individual hero and savior! And then we can begin to solve the vast problems facing all of us together!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beetleypete says:

    A nice theme, Frank.
    That said, I think that I am going to have to pay someone to paint the inside of my house…
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. you so often present videos and interesting performers I have never heard of.
    And so many valuable US individuals not known in the mainstream…
    Thanx so much for the inspirations.

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    • toritto says:

      Thanks Rainer. The song is from the series “The Civil War” readily available on YouTube. Many great performances of civil war music from that series. Regards from Florida

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