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  Pillar of Salt
by David Arthur Walters
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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I believed a man could change,

So I put the past behind me

And began all over again.

But then one day I looked back,

And was turned into a pillar of salt.


The New Man was a very good act:

His performance was greatly appreciated.

Success was within his grasp,

But he turned around and looked back

And was turned into a pillar of salt.


The Old Man is a pathetic sight,

Beset by vengeance all around,

From which he cannot take flight

Because one day he looked back

And was turned into a pillar of salt.


They say salt heals the wounds

And keeps meat for a rainy day.

If only I could cry those salty tears,

I would never look back again.


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Reviewed by Gerald Finlay 11/18/2012
Glad I found this David--I am impressed you still have that old flair.

I thought this was very profound,

Reviewed by Paul Kogel 9/2/2011
Very well written, reasoned and observed. This is a wonderful depiction of the unregenerate man. He tries to change, but the new man is little better than the old man.

Because he looks back? Maybe.

When he does, he only sees how little the new man has changed from the old one and the new one turns to salt. That's because man cannot change himself - not much anyway. Sometimes life's changes play a more natural role in changing him somewhat. But inside where change is most desired, he keeps looking back to those things that, by his very nature, he seems to miss.

But once a change has been made in him from a source outside of himself, from the Holy Spirit, he finds - he suddenly discovers - a change has been made in him. A change he didn't perform for himself but one that was placed there and engineered by God.

Then the man becomes a new creature. One so very different from the old creature. He receives a new nature. One so very different from the old nature. It is then real and permanent. Then he can look back without turning to salt. He can look back with gladness that the old man has finally been made new.
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 2/13/2010
I love it! True depiction of the fact the we must keep moving forward and don't look back. Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 3/10/2009
A well written poem,take care

Reviewed by Axilea MU 9/8/2008
A mysteriously wise tale
and, I feel, an invitation
to live and move on.

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/8/2008
Good Morning David
I Really Enjoyed Reading This Poem On Your Bio Page
This Is A Masterful Message of Wisdoms
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Reviewed by Michael Dainty 6/8/2008
read several of your poems and a story or two. Your an interesting writer but I'm sure you already know that. Mike
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/3/2008
a deep and meaningful write-well done
Reviewed by Richard Swartz 12/10/2007
David Wow...what a pome I really like it a lot you paint a picture that leaves a thought that dose not seem to go away I sure would love to have a copy of this pome and yet may love to have a copy of your book with this one it....Grate Write!!!!!
Reviewed by David Young 11/28/2007
This is a nice piece of work
Reviewed by Chuck Keller 9/5/2007
Profound stuff, David. Good job.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/24/2006
Very good write, David! Yeah, one needn't look back to move forward.

Love this write!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/9/2006
Enjoyed this write, David. Well-crafted. I have a poem called "Lot's Wife," btw. :-)
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/22/2006

Outstanding composition. "Pillar of Salt" is a masterpiece by any standard. I enjoyed this poetic-philosophic accomplishment.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2006
There is a wise message here, David. Thank you for sharing it. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/7/2005

WOW. Don't look back, then--ever onward! Don't let the mistakes of the past keep you down; reflect on them, briefly; learn from them; and then move forward. An excellent, excellent piece you've penned--thank you, Sir!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/29/2005
My goodness but you do astound me with your writing~`*
I relate to these words
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/21/2005
Profound poem David! Looking back is a two-edged sword isn't it?Nice to read you;-)

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