Carrot and Stick

Carrot and Stick

A Poem by Zach Colgate

This poem basically points out a flaw that I've noticed in the mindset of Christians (as well as that of other religions). Enjoy!


The church still stands in the ghost town

And one ghost looks for reasons to stay

There is gold in the dirt somewhere westward

And the gold pulls the fools far away


Congregations grow large on the west coast

 But in the hills one man still takes his pew

Where God's grace is so selfishly taken

Selfless love is still given by few


A promise hangs in front of their crosses

All they see are the streets paved in gold

No one walks out of love for their Savior

But out of fear of growing too old

Would the martyrs have stood up to lions

Or felt the flames if their deaths were the end?

Would the saints give their praises to Jesus

If this life was all they had to spend?

© 2008 Zach Colgate

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Paul had nothing in this world, he was imprisoned and separated, yet he lived and preached with joy about Christ Jesus.

Posted 13 Years Ago

This flowd really well, the ryhmes matched and the length of each line was similar to its rhyming counterpart. It was a very touching poem. Well done :)

Posted 13 Years Ago

Excellent question and message. Hope many learn something from it. Kudos.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on July 5, 2008
Last Updated on July 14, 2008


Zach Colgate
Zach Colgate

Lincoln, NE

I'm a simple guy who enjoys art of all forms. I write poetry/lyrics as often as I'm inspired. I play a little guitar and sing. I attempt to turn my lyrics into songs, but have not been at it for long,.. more..