POEMS: “Judge gently”

“Judge gently”


Pray you don’t find fault with the man

who limps or stumbles along the road

Unless you have worn the shoes he wears,

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 shame

that only the fallen know.

You may be strong, but still the blows that

were his…if dealt to you,

In the selfsame way at the selfsame time

might cause you to stagger too.

Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins

or pelt him with word or stone

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 softly to you

As it did to him…when he went astray

could cause you to falter too.

by Mary T. Lathrap

(Special thanks to Joan Smith for referring me to this author)







6 Comments Add yours

  1. another favorite- I ought to read this every day. I love it that much! Thank you!


  2. Oh, I am so glad to hear that! We share many favorites!


  3. Lindap says:

    We need to be reminded every day of all the things we are thankful for!Thanks for blogging again,missed them.


  4. Thank you Linda for your encouragement! I am so glad you are enjoying the posts!


    1. Hi Joan: Thank you so much for letting me know! I will change the authorship. It is very inspirational! Thanks again for your comment & visiting the blog. Amira


  5. Joan Smith says:

    This came from Mary T. Lathrap sometime between the year of 1838 and 1895. I was looking for Great Spirit, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins!

    I have always liked this, it didn’t come from the Indians like people thought.



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