Don´t judge a book by its cover

words which are true indeed

But what of people

and their outward appearances


With inexplicable instinct

I am able to determine like or not

Face, expression, eyes and demeanour

before a word is spoken I know


I am seldom wrong or misled

even at a distance with no introduction

my mind is made up

where does this innate capacity come from


Man, woman or child

within seconds I am fully cognizant

Then as a relationship develops

my initial impressions are justified

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keith jeffries

Thu 9th Nov 2017 13:37

David and Ray. thank you for your observations which I value. I suppose I am being highly subjective in this poem as it is borne out of personal experience. Of course there have been occasions when I have mis read or mistook a person but generally my judgement has an unusual sense of accuracy. Recently a friend and I took a taxi from the airport. I instinctively took an intense dislike of the driver who I had never before seen or known. As we arrived home a neighbour came across and warned us that the driver had recently been discharged from prison for grievous assault and drug trafficking. I just seem to have this innate instinct. From where I don´t know. Thank you again as I value such comments. Keith

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Thu 9th Nov 2017 10:33

Controversial subject this Keith. So many factors might be involved . I think what we present to the world is often just a picture frame that doesn't match the picture. Just a thought. Cynical I know !


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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 9th Nov 2017 10:08

Hello Keith, is this a human failing or an attribute? I suppose it is both dependent on the accuracy of the initial assessment.

John Lydon one wrote and sang the line:

"Don't judge a book just by the cover
Unless you cover just another
And blind acceptance is a sign
Of stupid fools who stand in line"

which is rather ironic, because I used to think him a complete prat, a feeling I am not wholly sold on anymore.


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keith jeffries

Thu 9th Nov 2017 09:34

Suki, thank you for this as you hit the nail on the head. Keith

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suki spangles

Thu 9th Nov 2017 05:23

Hi Keith,

We all do: perhaps its instinct, or intuition. We shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the feelings/signals are so strong they are difficult to ignore. Sometimes acting on such feelings can save us from danger; sometimes to welcome a stranger..

Equally, we need to be careful that we don't give in to our sometimes unconscious prejudices. I suppose it is about discernment..


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