Sorry Sam

12 Mar

“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Sorry Sam

There was a man named Sorry Sam
Who always felt so sorry
For himself and his troubles
Let me relate his story

Old Sorry Sam just cried all day
About all of his pain
And after several days of this
He drove others insane

While Sorry Sam was seeking some
Pity and sympathy
All that came from others was
Negative energy

His lack of strength and backbone made
The others all quite sick
While Sam thought himself a martyr
The others thought “a prick”

While Sorry Sam thought his burden
Was far too much to bear
His whining and ingratitude
Made others just not care

“Gratitude for what?” old Sam
Scoffed as he winced from ache
The others shook their heads and said
“For fact you’re still awake!”

The fact that you’re still breathing when
There are so many braver
Who never whined and cried but now
No longer have your favor

They’re buried in the ground or are
Adrift as dust in wind
You’re crying and complaining as if
You are being skinned!

Show some grace and just shut up
And take it like a man
You’d be surprised just how far your
Courage and strength do span

If only you’d just shut up and
Stop running your big mouth
And focus on another body
Part that is due south:

Your guts, the stuff that pulls you though
Whatever does attack
The guts are what makes people stop
Acting like a sad sack!”

Sorry Sam just stood in awe
His mouth wide and agape
He had hoped for some sympathy
But instead got a scrape

A kick, a punch, and scalding hot
Water thrown on ego
Suddenly he didn’t feel
Like crying of his woe

When he had been a witness to
Some whining in return
While listening to them complain
Sorry Sam then did learn

That no one does get sympathy
When all they do is wretch
And so from then old Sorry Sam
No longer did kvetch

Whenever something did not go
According to his plan
Old Sorry Sam did not complain
He took it like a man

Whenever his big aches and pains
Attacked and ripped away
Old Sorry Sam just grit his teeth
So mouth would not betray

And soon enough there came a day
When Sorry Sam was Strong
And then one day there came a man
Who rubbed Strong Sam quite wrong

This other man just whined and cried
And after many days
Old Strong Sam bellowed “Shut your trap!
And don’t just cry, but praise!

Be thankful for what you still have
And don’t focus on bad!”
He thought about how he had changed
And now he was quite glad

That he was not pathetic or
In need of people’s pity
He saw that what’s within is stronger
Than a whole committee

Of people who just pander and
Feel sorry for the weak
He thought about how ironic
It was that many seek

And wish and pray for sympathy
But they have what they need
But only when their mouth is shut
Can their truth strength be freed



12 Responses to “Sorry Sam”

  1. mountainmae March 12, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    My Mom has passed but I still play cards with her 90 +yr old friends. Whenever anyway starts to talk about physical complaints someone quickly says
    “No Organ Recitals, Please.” Laughter usually insues.

    • Miro March 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      That’s a great line. Glad to hear they’re keeping their sense of humor. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  2. Spiral Dreamer (Francis) March 12, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    This is a great poem, so much for many to learn of it. 🙂

    • Miro March 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you, glad to hear it resonated with you.
      Peace & grace,

  3. granbee March 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Focus on the postive, not the negative, I was always thought. How well you used this story of Sorry Sam to pointedly remind us of the wonderful benefits of “When the going gets tought, the tough get going!” Hooray for your warrior toughness, Miro!

    • Miro March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Thanks Granbee. Stay positive! 🙂

  4. Deb March 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Much to be learned here by many, Miro!

    I have an award for you if you should decide to accept it.
    Guidelines are here.
    my post is here
    Hugs, xx

    • Miro March 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks so much Deb, I’m honored. However, this award is one of the few I don’t accept because I feel as though it places more emphasis on the award’s origin rather than the destination. It rubs my Warrior-Spirit the wrong way to see an award that requires the link of the originator to be featured on it, the only time I’ve ever seen this done. Also, the excessive use of the © symbol on the eligibility page is to the point of ridiculousness too. It is, in part, what inspired me to create the 1-in-100 Warrior Award, which is all about honoring the recipients, not the originator.

      Peace & grace,

  5. aussieian2011 March 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    A marvellous story with a pertinent moral
    Aussie Ian

  6. Aspergers Girls March 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Great poem. Love the quote atop, too. ~ Sam (The Not Sorry Sam)

  7. Cat Forsley March 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    ——- NICE ONE MIRO …..
    KINDA REMINDS ME OF JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ansuyo March 13, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Remind me never to whine to you 🙂 Another great post, Miro. We live in a world of whiners, and it’s good to see someone say enough. Angie

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