Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler


Hymn Xxix - Poem by Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler

suffer the little children!
suffer they do, and how!
they are padded, protected, petrified
as they dangle ‘neath broken bough!

they cannot drink water from the tap,
they must wear a helmet outdoors,
they must strap pads to their elbows and knees
if they want to crawl on all fours!

children carry the burdens of our dreams
and crack the mirrors of our regrets!
with the cages and cradles,
leashes and playpens,
chew toys and feeding times
they are treated more like pets!

children are no more human beings!
children are our pets!
here for our amusement!
here to fetch our cigarettes!
here for our own selfish reasons!
here to pay our debts!

suffer the little children!
is this what Jesus meant?
any parent who lets kids be kids
is truly heaven sent!

any parent who lets kids be kids
is truly heaven sent!


Comments about Hymn Xxix by Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler

  • Robert Howard (6/20/2007 3:50:00 PM)

    Noble thoughts Rev. Jake but haven't you read the memo? Adolescence has now been extended from Kinder Kare to the retirement home. (Report)Reply

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  • Not a member No 4 (4/22/2007 8:12:00 AM)

    Very fine sentiments emphatically and poetically expressed - but who will hear, and if they hear, will they understand, and if they understand, will they appreciate the validity and importance of this, and if they do, most importantly, will they have the bottle? I wonder, in this generally spineless world! You write very well indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • Barry Van Allen (4/18/2007 5:10:00 AM)

    Jake,
    What makes you so reverent?
    Where did you get your doctorate from?
    Am I committing sacrilege by asking this?
    What church do you represent?
    For one that, on one hand puts down the ' P. H.' folks;
    you seem to have a lot of your own posted!
    Just a few inquiring questions?
    ... only the beginning!

    B.V.A.
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  • Trade MartinTrade Martin (3/21/2007 5:11:00 PM)

    Nicely done Doctor....! ! ! Best, T.M.. (Report)Reply

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  • Chuck Audette (1/5/2007 3:19:00 PM)

    I like your turn on the phrase to start this, and the sentiments are dead on. Of course, it would help if there were still some woods left so they could have a place to go play. -chuck (Report)Reply

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  • George P. Stasiuk (12/19/2006 1:07:00 AM)

    This is a great write! ! Aside from the message (with which I agree) it is crisp and rhythmic as the prayer that it is. Kudo's. George, getting into some ajh (Report)Reply

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  • Colin J...Colin J... (12/18/2006 10:08:00 AM)

    I completely agree with the previous comments. The PCers are ruining life for children and everyone else. I have a 1 year old grandson and he will be allowed to have FUN..
    Colin
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  • Anna Russell (12/18/2006 9:34:00 AM)

    Well said Jake, very bloody well said! I seem to be an oddity amongst other parents I know because i let my 6yr old come to the supermarket with me dressed up as a princess and cast spells on passing shoppers (seriously!) . But the way I see it, life's hard enough without having been denied a childhood.
    Hugs
    Anna xxx
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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (12/18/2006 8:33:00 AM)

    J, this is FANTASTIC... that anger in relation to the cotton-wool treatment and the selfish approach to children. Until a couple of days ago Dex and I were thinking about how to bring up a child and this has been a sort of internal theme for me (as in a 'make-sure-you-don't-go-there' one) .This piece expresses it all. I wonder where it came from. It needs to be shouted from the rooftops! t x (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 18, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, December 11, 2010


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