Poem : Do Not Judge Too Hard

Do Not Judge Too Hard

Pray don’t find fault with the man who limps
Or stumbles along the road
Unless you have worn the shoes that hurt
Or struggled beneath his load
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view
Or the burden he bears, placed on your back,
Might cause you to stumble, too.

Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall, or felt the same
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you
In the self same way at the self same time,
Might cause you to stagger, too.

Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
Or pelt him with words or stones,
Unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know perhaps, if the tempters voice
Should whisper as soft to you
As it did to him when he went astray,
‘Twould cause you to falter, too.

3 thoughts on “Poem : Do Not Judge Too Hard”

  1. Nice poem. Im following you for quite sometime now and I think you should put your collection to a book. They are really awesome.

  2. A question rather than a comment.Years ago I read and saved a copy of “Do Not Judge Too Hard”.Recently, I set it to music. I modified it somewhat to make it flow more musically and added a chorus and finale and titled it “Don’t Judge Too Hard”.The information I had was author unknown but since you have published it, I thought you might know. Simply put, would I be infrienging on anyones copyright by using parts of the poem in this song? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks,Bill Berglan

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