A poem I wrote a long long time go. Not my best effort but some truth none the less. Sadly, the people who really need to pay attention to these things rarely ever do. As the saying goes, don't let the door hit you on the way out...too hard anyway.
LOVE THYSELF, LOVE ANOTHER
Better the riches of the heart than the riches of the world.
Ignorance is no excuse.
We all have the same chance to learn.
Pause a moment, be patient and kind,
or you may get the fate you’ve earned.
You’re not alone on the planet
which doesn’t revolve just for you.
If you think only of yourself
your dreams won't really come true.
The way that you deal with others,
is the way they will deal with you.
Today you may be on top of the world
yet tomorrow, the payment comes due.
For meanness feeds on meanness,
and hatred gives birth to more hate.
Put a smile on somebody’s face
and you’ll alter your own state.
What matter fortune and power
if you find yourself alone?
You're not entitled to condescend
at work, or to family at home.
Ignorance is a poor excuse.
Now is the time to change.
Though the hour is growing late,
your life can be rearranged.
For riches and beauty will fade away.
No one will care at the end.
The truest immortality
is the memory of a friend.