Monday, February 14, 2011

Salt of the Earth



They say he's the salt of the earth.
He looks very proper and straight,
But sometimes he winks when I'm late.
I wonder, though, how much he's worth.

His truck looks all dented and tired.
His jacket? The elbows are bare.
His hat's not as good as my spare,
And yet...he still leaves me inspired.

He loves everyone from their birth
And loves them right up to their death.
There's purity right on his breath.
I'd say he's the salt of the earth.


In Matthew 5:13, Jesus said to his disciples, "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty?"

My thanks to Magpie Tales for the image. For other people's thought about salt, follow the link.

21 comments:

Jim Swindle said...

Interesting fact: there are salt mines in central Kansas, many hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I very much liked your Magpie. The fellow in your poem had not lost his savor.

Thanks for your visit and comment to my Magpie 53.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

The word salt is am amazing word. Great poem. The word salary comes from salt. In early days the Romans paid their workers in salt.
QMM

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

wow! how thought provoking... how does one make salt salty?

Kathe W. said...

this is a wonderful take on a simple salt shaker.
and my verification word is:
phosal....hmm

Brian Miller said...

nice...sounds like quite the guy...what good is salt having lost its saltiness..

Elaine said...

A great poem about Jim. Love the a/b/b/a rhyme!

Tumblewords: said...

Nicely done!

Honest Abe Lincoln said...

I enjoyed your take on this.

Berowne said...

Very good rhyming trimeters. One doesn't often see such good work.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, each one, for your comments. Rene, I've often wondered about that. My best guess: if you have a container with salt, but the salt has become polluted or diluted, it's not good for anything except throwing out onto the ground where you'll walk on it (where you don't want plants to grow). Similarly, if people aren't salty (preserving what's good), they themselves become trash.

Jinksy said...

Salty verses indeed! LOL

Tess Kincaid said...

Beautiful, Jim. Your take on "salt of the earth" is completely different than mine.

Helen said...

I really enjoyed your spin on the shaker!!!!

paulandrewrussell said...

That is a lovely piece of poetry, Jim. :-)

chiccoreal said...

Dear Jim: To lose one's saltiness is to lose that vital chemical of life; we'd die. And we lose the Lord, who is our vital quality of spirit-life we also lose our spirit life and eventually perish altogether. I love how you tied this in with the biblical account. Very inspiring!

Jim Swindle said...

chiccoreal, thanks for sharing your interpretation. It's attractive. Jesus certainly is the source of our life.

I think, though that parallel to us being the light which must not be hidden, as salt we're to exert a preserving influence. If we don't, we'll be thrown out. People must see light through us and must feel the sting as we spice/preserve.

Chrissy said...

thoroughly enjoyed this write! Especially the main character! We are so blessed!

~T~ said...

He sounds like a good friend to have. Nice rhyme scheme!

Jingle said...

beautiful imaginations.

lovely magpie.
thanks for sharing.

Carrie Burtt said...

Love the flow and rhyme in this one Jim....sounds like a wonderful person to know in your life! :-)