The Neighbor
Author: Mark Spencer


A boy had fallen into a well,
His mother heard his frightened cries.
She saw a neighbor and called for help,
“Please save my son before he dies.”

She knew her neighbor was very strong,
He’d been a Marine in the war.
He would be able to save her boy,
Her plea, he could never ignore.

The neighbor climbed down into the well,
And pulled the boy up from that pit.
He returned the lad to his mother,
A deed she would never forget.

Her husband came home late that evening,
And he heard the news from his wife.
If it had not been for the neighbor,
Their child might well have lost his life.

He asked: “Why would you ask him for help?”
He grabbed her shoulders and he shook.
He said: “Can’t you see that he’s colored?”
She said: “Sorry, I didn’t look.”


Comments on this poem/writing:

Megan ( -- Sunday, February 22 2004, 12:53 pm

What an ending!!!

Sorry, I didn't look. OMG that was so good. My uncle is like the husband in your poem. There are too many people in the world who hate for no reason.
Lee ( -- Sunday, February 22 2004, 10:05 pm


Brilliant story.
Tammy ( -- Monday, February 23 2004, 06:22 am


I really like this poem... there is so much hate in this world. I think alot forget love has no color,
KristyD. ( -- Monday, February 23 2004, 11:14 pm


That was an excellent poem Mark I like the way you put it together I cannot stand it when people only look at your skin and they never give you a chance to be yourself.... overall great poem and excellent story...
Tv ( -- Friday, February 27 2004, 08:54 am

Very Touching

As soon as i read the last line...i felt a sudden gush of emotion...its just great...
Meridian ( -- Wednesday, March 31 2004, 03:37 am

A Talented Man!

Hey Mark Spencer! You write with affection, and sincerity!! Your "Reflective" poem is beyond outstanding!! Your poem is absolutely terrific and meaningful! You're blessed with such amazing talent Mark Spencer!!

barb ( -- Wednesday, March 31 2004, 01:45 pm

standing ovation

mark this flowed I couldn't stop reading til i was done ,the coloured guy showed more heart than the husband. very good and not to long for my attention. thank-you
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