The Stain – Poem

stainThe Stain

You can’t paint black and not get black,
No matter how hard you try.
You may paint with care, but the stains are there,
And stay when the paint is dry.

You can’t fool around where the sinner’s found,
Make friends of the foolish kind,
But it leaves some taint, like the mark of paint,
On your heart or your soul or your mind.

You may say you can, and you may think you can,
That you’ll keep your own hands clean,
But it leaves a mark that is deep and dark,
A mark that you have not seen,

For sin is a thing that will always cling,
Though you only meant to play;
It will leave some stain on the heart or brain
That is hard to wash away.

You can’t paint black and not get black,
You can’t fool around with sin,
It will leave its trace on the human face,
Its mark on the soul within.

By the words you use and the friends you choose,
You are made for the years to be;
You may think they’ll not, but they’ll leave a blot,
For the rest of the world to see.




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    • David Parrish
    • September 22, 2011

    Shaun, I have written a few poems and have friends who have done the same. I have decided to start collecting them and plan to put together an anthology of modern Christian poetry. This poem is well done and I would like to include it. You have said the Author was unknown. Can you give me a source where I might begin an inquiry?

      • shawn
      • September 24, 2011

      Sorry David, but I can’t find the author. I have searched all over the web, putting passages of that poem in “quotes”, but no other site seems to supply that poem with the author.

    • Camila Foxx
    • September 22, 2011

    I super love this today. Mad Props!!

    • Lee
    • September 29, 2011

    Hi Shawn, it is a wonderful poem, and so very true, everything in life has consequences. Every word spoken will be remembered by someone it impacted upon, how we treat people will also be noticed, we are each held accountable. Our journey in this life is not free to do as we please without consideration the impact it will have on other. There is so much to gain with love, kindness, a helping hand, or any good deed.

    Sending blessings and love, Lee

      • shawn
      • September 30, 2011

      Thanks for all your comments, Lee. I’m so happy to hear from you. I was just wondering where you’d gotten to, and then here you are!

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