(8/29/2002) Sappy poems like this one tug at our heart strings and ultimately impair our judgment, fooling us into forwarding insulting chain letters to our friends. "Be Safe: Don't Read and Forward."
SAMPLE CHAIN LETTER TEXT
Subject: I want this back... you'll see why
funny 30 sec. after you send to 15 people.
Subject: I want this back , you'll understand why
PLEASE READ TO THE END---You'll understand
Near to the door
he paused to stand
as he took his class ring
off her hand
all who were watching
did not speak
as a silent tear
ran down his cheek
and through his mind
the memories ran
of the moments they walked
and ran in the sand (hand and hand)
but now her eyes were so terribly cold
for he would never again
have her to hold
they watched in silence
as he bent near
and whispered the words
"I LOVE YOU" in her ear
he touched her face and started to cry
as he put on his ring and wanted to die
and just then the wind began to blow
as they lowered her casket
into the snow....
this is what happens
to man alive.....
when friends let friends....
drink and drive.
Please send this out to everyone so they understand.
It's not a chain letter or a joke. Thank you! YOU
HAVE A HEART!
1. You must FORWARD it within 20 minutes or you will spoil it for everyone.
2. You must follow these rules and something will pop up on your screen that is so funny 30 sec. after you send to 15 people.
3. Don't drink and drive.
MAY GOD BLESS
END CHAIN LETTER TEXT
The poem, though not a particularly good piece of writing, is touching enough to make many people overlook the insulting addendum used to coerce them into sending this drivel to others.
I found the work posted on literally hundreds of web sites, suggesting that it's been around for a while. Most attributed it to "author unknown" or to no one at all. It's been adapted to suit other purposes, including the World Trade Center disaster (particularly appalling).
Terrible poetry aside, what earns this one a place in the BreakTheChain.org hall of shame is the bullying way it tries to guilt you into sending it on. Don't worry, we won't tell anybody you're a heartless slime ball if you delete it. And a quick note to the author of the claim that it isn't a chain letter - Any letter that asks you to forward it to others IS A CHAIN LETTER!
You must forward it in 20 minutes or you'll spoil WHAT for everybody? What the letter promises - a funny pop-up - detracts from the meaning and tone of the poem and is technologically impossible. No e-mail can cause anything to pop-up on your screen after you've forwarded it to specified number of people. It didn't work for the Taco Bell Dog or Outback Steakhouse, and it won't work here, either. Break this Chain!