Friday, May 3, 2013

Poem - Tolerance


I know I’m right; you have to see,
Because of A, B and C,
His friend said, I just don’t agree,
Because of R, S, and T,

Back and forth it went like that
Exchanging words, tit for tat,
They argued almost all that day
And then their friend jumped in the fray,

He said, I have some things to add
About what’s good and what is bad,
I’m sure I know what has to be
Because of X, Y, and Z,

They huffed and puffed and shared their views
About hot topics in the news,
But soon they tired of their fight
No longer sure of who was right,

The A’s and C’s, R’s and T’s,
Soon were mixed with Y’s and Z’s,
And their heads all buzzed
 Like angry bees,

So all three friends made a pact
To listen more and not react,
To hold their tongues, count to ten
And think before they speak again.


  1. Splendid -- and I'm right about that! :-) Seriously, I think of myself as an accepting person, but must admit, when reading this important poem, that I'm full of x,y's and z's. Judy

  2. Lately, I've been sure of my 'rightness' on a couple of topics, but have had my eyes opened after listening to some other viewpoints. There's always something new to learn. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem!

  3. We all need a mediator to turn these letters into words! I think that is called reasonable compromise? You always sum up the concepts so perfectly!

  4. A mediator could be used quite often. In lieu of that, counting to ten is very helpful. xoxo