Please summarize the first and second stanza of the poem "The Cold Within."

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If we are talking about the same poem, then the answer is as follows (I am providing a link so you can see what poem I am referring to).

The poem as a whole is about the need for human beings to tolerate one another.  It speaks of how hatred of other people because of their race or religion or some other characteristic ends up hurting all people.

In the first stanza, we are introduced to the basic setting -- there are six people around a fire each with a stick of wood.

The second stanza shows us the first instance of bigotry.  One of the people notices that another of the six is black.  Because she saw a black person, she did not put her log in the fire because she did not want to help a black person.

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