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a stone's throw
Posted by: sereeta (65.199.196.---)
Date: December 04, 2002 07:58PM

hey
can anyone help me with this my teacher told us to research the poem a stone's throw. we need to know the author and the theme of the poem.if anyone can help please do.
thanks sereeta


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: December 04, 2002 08:27PM

Could you post the poem so that those of us who don't have your text book or syllabus will know which poem you mean?


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: sereeta (65.199.196.---)
Date: December 05, 2002 08:50PM

a stones throw by elma mitchell
please can someone help with it?
thanx a million


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-35rh16rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 06, 2002 09:44AM


Love to, but I haven't read it and cannot find a copy on the internet. Care to type it up?


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: sereeta (65.199.196.---)
Date: December 06, 2002 06:24PM

hi hugh thanx .here is a copy of the poem.

a stone's throw

We shouted out
"We've got her!here she is!
It's her alright"
We caught her.
There she was -

A decent-looking woman,you'd have said,
(They often are)
Beautiful,but scared dead,
Tousled-we roughed her up
A little, nothing much

And not the first time
By any means
She'd felt men's hands
gredy over her body-
But ours were virtuous
Of course.

And if our fingers bruised
Her shuddering skin,
These were love- bites,compared
To the hail of kisses of stone,
The last assult
And battery,frigid rape,
To come
of right.
For justice must be done
Specially when
It tastes so good.

And then-this guru,
Preacher,God-merchant,God-knows-what-
Spoilt the whole thing,
Speaking to her
(Should never speak to them)
Squatting on the ground to her level,
Writing in the dust
Something we couldn't read.
At least until
He turned his eyes on us,
Her eyes on us,
Our eyes upon ourselves.

We walked away
Still holding stones
That we may throw
Another day
Given the urge


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 06, 2002 07:37PM


Sounds like the New Testament story to me. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone," I mean.


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: December 07, 2002 12:56AM

The message I got from the poem is this.

Isn't it amazing how people's opinions of you change when they find out about your faith?
(Or the lack of it.)

Another way of saying this is God is a powerful ally. (Few people are stoned on the way to church.)


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: sereeta (65.199.196.---)
Date: December 07, 2002 09:03PM

hi les and hugh
thanx for ur replies.but could u analyse a little deeper.
thank you sereeta


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Les (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: December 07, 2002 09:12PM

Sorry Sereeta, but you need to read the poem and come to your own conclusions. You might ask yourself these questions:
1. Who was the woman?
2. What was she doing to get roughed up?
3. Why do you think the boys wanted to stone her?
4. Why did they stop?


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.washington-36rh15rt.dc.dial-access.att.net)
Date: December 08, 2002 11:08AM


Sorry, I thought all that was needed was the author and the theme, which seemed to be provided. To me, the lesson (as always) is in the ending:


We walked away
Still holding stones
That we may throw
Another day
Given the urge


Jesus (the guru) stopped them that time, but what will happen the next? Have they really learned anything from the experience?


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: joanna duncan (208.153.97.---)
Date: December 09, 2002 07:44AM


i would like u to explain the poem for me.
the name of the poem is a stone's throw by elma mitchell


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: joanna duncan (65.199.198.---)
Date: December 09, 2002 07:50AM


I would like you to tell me what the poem means


Re: a stone's throw
Posted by: Tandy (---.networkrichmond.com)
Date: December 11, 2002 03:30PM

So it is. John 8:3-11 (TEV):

"The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught committing adultery, and they made her stand before them all. 'Teacher,' they said to Jesus, 'this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. In our Law Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now, what do you say?' They said this to trap Jesus, so that they could accuse him. But he bent over and wrote on the ground with his finger. As they stood there asking him questions, he straightened up and said to them, 'Whichever one of you has committed no sin may throw the first stone at her.' Then he bent over again and wrote on the ground. When they heard this, they all left, one by one, the older ones first. Jesus was left alone, with the woman still standing there. He straightened up and said to her, 'Where are they? Is there no one left to condemn you?' 'No one, sir,' she answered. 'Well, then,' Jesus said, 'I do not condemn you either. Go, but do not sin again.'"

The poem is interesting because it is not written from the woman's point of view but from the point of view of the "virtuous" teachers of the Law and the Pharisees.




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