Your Way Will Find You

I will defend your right
to say things that I don’t like
and though I may disagree
it doesn’t mean that I detest you
I’ll try my best to understand
how you reached that point of view

However uneasy listening
don’t bite your tongue
Let us see and hear you
come and speak freely
You may offend me
but then I’ll know we’re not in tune

Perhaps we’ll both learn something
if but how to better listen or argue
I won’t stop or censor you
let us see who you really are
be it brimming with wild beauty
or cosseted in poisonous loathing

All I can say and do 
is try and show you a different way
Let kindness be your currency
don’t rush to speak a ‘me’
Reach into the well of suffering
and aim to lift somebody

Always see their value
and your commonality
If you’re feeling lost
and don’t know what to do
Reach out a hand to lend
and your way will find you…
 

[2020]

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Rachel (pen name) Ophelia

Fri 30th Oct 2020 14:56

This is how the ancient philosophers communicated, they debated and respected their differences......it would be a dull world if we all agreed, share this poem widely!

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Tom

Thu 1st Oct 2020 09:27

Thanks Victoria, Jordyn for the likes! 😃

And thanks Greg, Shifa and Stephen for your likes, comments and input. Really pleased you enjoyed. I felt like this could have been 3 separate poems but decided to compress all my ideas into one more raggedy one.

Shifa, I'm with you on the endless arguing. I guess I meant 'healthy debate' really (as opposed to name calling).

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Stephen Atkinson

Wed 30th Sep 2020 20:01

Wouldn't change anything personally, Tom & it ends on the perfect sentiment.

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Shifa Maqba

Wed 30th Sep 2020 16:11

Only if people preferred listening to arguing. A great piece!

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Greg Freeman

Wed 30th Sep 2020 10:46

Appreciate the sentiments in this, Tom. Timely.

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