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Very Short Story: The Old Poor Man

Updated on August 29, 2015
Old poor man
Old poor man | Source

In the city of wealth, there was an old poor man making his living by serving water in the market, and he was loved for his kindness and generosity. One day, the king heard about him and asked his minister to bring him to the palace.

the old man is happy
the old man is happy | Source

The good news

The minister went to look for that poor man in the market, he found him and brought him to the king. The king told the poor man, “From now on you’ll work in my palace, serving my guests, sitting next to me and telling me your tales.” the poor responded, “Compliance and obedience.” The poor man went out heading to his wife to tell her the good news.

the minister is angry
the minister is angry | Source

Gain king's love

Next day, the poor man wore his best clothes and ran to king’s palace, and began serving king’s guests. After he finishes, he sets next to the king telling his tales. Throughout the years, the king and the poor man became closer and closer, as much they got closer as much the minister got jealous of the place that poor man gained in king’s heart.

One day at night

One day at night, the poor man finished his work and went back home, the minster followed him and said, “Look old man, the king complains about your mouth’s stinky smell.” The poor man wondering, “Oh no, what should I do?” the minster responded, “You must put on a mask around your mouth when you come to king’s palace.” The poor man agreed.

Mad king
Mad king | Source

Mean minister

Next morning, the poor man put a mask around his mouth and headed to the palace as usual. The king surprised without making comment about the mask. The poor man continued wearing the mask every day until the king ran out of patient and asked the minister about the mask, the minister said, “I’m afraid to get my head cut after I tell you!” The king responded, “you’re safe, tell me what you know,” the minister said, “one day the poor man complained about your mouth smell, my king.” The king got mad and consulted with the queen. She said, “The one who get the courage to tell you such thing, his head must be separated from his body.” The king agreed.

Under the Wire

Next day, the king called for the executioner and asked him to kill anyone goes out the palace with flower bouquet. The poor man came to the palace in the morning as usual to serve. The king called for him, gave him a bouquet of flower as honor for his integrity, and told him to take the day off to spend much time with his wife. The poor man thanked the king and went out to give the flowers to his wife. The minster met him at the palace door and asked, “Who gave you these flowers?” the poor man responded, “It’s a gift from the king.” The minster grabbed the flowers and said, “I deserve it more than you!” in minister way out, the executioner found him and separated minister’s head off his body.

Uncover the truth

Next day, the poor man came, as usual, to serve. The king shocked when he saw him, get closer to him and asked, “What is your problem with this mask?” the poor man responded, “once your minister told me that you was complaining about my mouth smell, and asked me to put on a mask around my mouth.” The king asked, “Well, tell me, what did you do with the flowers that I gave you yesterday?” the poor man responded, “the minister grabbed it and told me that he deserves it more than me.” The king smiled and said, “of course he deserves it, sincerity and hatred don’t meet.”

Acts of kindness inspire kindness
Acts of kindness inspire kindness | Source

The moral of the story is

When you’re pure from the inside, god helps you without your knowledge and people loves you. Your way become easy.

Good-well is wishing luck for everyone, knowing that others happiness doesn’t reduce yours, others wealth doesn’t reduce yours, others health doesn’t reduce yours.

Do you agree that kindness is the key of life success?

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© 2015 Wissam Qawasmeh


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      Md. Minhaz Uddin 

      22 months ago

      Good story

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a beautiful story that gives those who are struggling and believe they deserve the hardship they experience as some sort of punishment. However, your story gives hope to those in despair and that the old saying "Good things come to those who deserve it". "Good things come to those who wait patiently without complaints". Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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      2 years ago

      Peggy W, thank you for pinning this article!

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      2 years ago

      Peggy W, thank you for pinning this article!

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      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      @lisavanvorst thank you .. I hope to be felicitous to satisfy your brilliant taste in reading

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      Lisa VanVorst 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Wissam, I absolutely loved this story. The end did justify the means for once. I like the moral and I too believe that kindness is the key to success. Great Story, look forward to reading more.

    • Wissam Qawasmeh profile imageAUTHOR

      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      @Robert Beyer. Thank you for stopping by, i appreciate that

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      Robert Beyer 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      That was a very heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing.

    • Wissam Qawasmeh profile imageAUTHOR

      Wissam Qawasmeh 

      3 years ago from Amman - Jordan

      @Missy Smith , Thank you for support

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      Missy Smith 

      3 years ago from Florida

      I loved your story. It was good and kept my attention. Thanks for sharing! :)


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