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It’s so easy to judge, to assume to stick a label on “different” people and try to separate “them” from “us”. Are they that different? How would you act on their bad luck with the means they have? Walk a mile in someone’s shoes and get a feel of what “their” life is. This poem says it so beautifully. Namaste, Cheryl-Lynn

Dennis Cardiff




“Judge not lest ye be judged.”
We know this, we accept it as reasonable,
yet, how often do we judge others?

“Why can’t they be like we are,
perfect in every way?”
We judge panhandlers
saying, “Get a job!”
not knowing if they are capable
of walking, let alone working.

We judge alcoholics
without knowing
if they can sleep
without drinking themselves
into a stupor.

We judge drug addicts
without knowing
if they suffer from chronic pain;
drugs, their only means
of finding relief.

We judge others
based upon our personal standards;
without a hearing, magistrate or jury.
Columbus aimed for India,
but instead, found America
did he fail?

Walk in another’s shoes;
live another’s life.
Almost, to one
may be more than enough
to another.


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A little bit about moi: I am a mom, a nana, a sister, a woman, a friend, a human being…a youth counsellor, Family Life Educator. I have been working in the helping profession for over 25 years and volunteered in various capacities from youths to seniors. Tournesol is my nom de plume for haiku and other Japanese form poetry here at Tournesoldansunjardin I hope you enjoy reading through my daily waka. I also have another blog "Stop the Stigma" where I may stand on my soapbox now and then and hope it will become a place to drop in and share or comment on issues important to you. In that vein this could be a great way to learn from each other. Namaste!

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