Paints and Ladders – From the Archive

You gaze upwards at the ceiling
peeling and stained with smoke
from the candles you light 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 God but of man!


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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1 Response to Paints and Ladders – From the Archive

  1. beetleypete says:

    You got that right, Frank! Nicely done as always.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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