The Ambulance Down In The Valley

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A lot of people have been talking of wanting change, real change. Maybe its time to step back and really look at the current situation. If you want to make a change, then the best place to start is within your own life. The following poem, is one I DID NOT WRITE, but felt that maybe it would help people begin to see things differently, and perhaps give a ray of hope.

The Ambulance Down In The Valley

T'was a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed
Though a walk near its edge was quite pleasant
But over the side slipped a prince and a duke
And it had fooled many a peasant

The people all said that something had to be done
Though their projects did not at all tally
Some said put a fence around the edge of the cliff
Others, an ambulance down in the valley

The lament of the crowd was so loud and profound
As their hearts over flowed with great pity
But the ambulance carried the cry of the day
As it spread through the neighboring city

A collection was made to accumulate aid
And dwellers in highway and alley
Gave dollars and cents, not to furnish a fence
But an ambulance down in the valley

For the cliff is alright if youre careful they said
And if folks ever trip and are falling
Its not the slipping and sliding that hurts
So much as the shock, when youre stopping

And so on for years as the mishaps occurred
Quick forth with the rescuers sally
To pick up the victims that fell from the cliff
With the ambulance down in the valley

Said one in his plea, its a marvel to me
That you'd give so much greater attention
To repairing results than curing the cause
Why you'd much better aim at prevention

The mischief of course must be stopped at its source
Come friends and good neighbors lets rally
It makes far better sense to rely on a fence
Than an ambulance down in the valley

He's wrong in his head the majority said
He would stop all our earnest endeavors
He's the kind of a jerk that would halt our good work
But we will support it forever

Dont we pick up them all, just as quick as they fall
And treat them with care quite liberally
A superfluous fence is of no consequence
If the ambulance works in the valley

Well the story is queer as I've given it here
Though things often occur that are stranger
More humane we assert to repair all the hurt
Than the plan of removing the danger

Before it all ends, let us begin
To look at things rationally
Yes, build up this fence, and let us dispense
With the ambulance down in the valley

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charmlessman2d commented on The Ambulance Down In The Valley

04-20-2010

i realize you didn't write this but i really love this poem. so glad i walked into chat, walked into your profile of poems and read this. its funny to discover something as you're walking that just stops you at your tracks and makes so much sense. thanks for sharing this piece. where did you find it? and who wrote it btw?

lonewolf

04/20/2010

thanks so much. this poem means a lot to me, and changed the way i view life. sorry to say the author is unknown

Tempy commented on The Ambulance Down In The Valley

03-14-2010

i love how the words flow in this piece.!!!!!!!!! keep up the writing

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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