Poem of the Week: Do You Have a Problem?

Do You Have a Problem?
December 2, 2017

Do you have a problem?
Do you not like what I say?
Say about this,
Say about that?
That is unfortunate.
That is a shame—
Shame we don’t see eye to eye,
Shame we happen to disagree.
Disagree, but let’s agree to do so.
Disagree, but with respect.
Respect you lack, though.
Respect you haven’t at all.
All you can do is ridicule.
All you can do is insult—
Insult me among your friends,
Insult me behind my back.
Back off!
Back to your hole—
Hole in the wall,
Hole in the ground!
Ground yourself in some maturity next time.
Ground yourself in some decency—
Decency towards others,
Decency to speak to my face.
Face me, then, with your concerns.
Face me in civilized debate.
Debate with me your grievances.
Debate with me your disagreement—
Disagreement with my feelings,
Disagreement with my beliefs,
Beliefs that I am allowed to have,
Beliefs that I am allowed to share—
Share within my hosts’ given guidelines,
Share within good reason and taste.
Reason rules over ridicule.
Reason rules over condescension—
Condescension only the worst must put up with,
Condescension only the worst deserve,
Deserve from anyone,
Deserve especially from those who don’t believe—
Believe in their talents,
Believe in their worth—
Worth as people,
Worth in this world,
World within which we all live,
World within which we all learn and grow.
Grow a spine!
Grow up!
Spine…
…Up!

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