Everyone's A Critic


Everyone's a Critic

Everyone's a critic
or a qualitative judge,
quick to point out blunders,
every little flaw or smudge,
rarely to consider
with empathy or care
what it would be like to be
the object of their flare.

Its just all too easy
to dissect and criticize
and offer an opinion in
authoritative guise,
when, in fact, through ignorance,
the truth may be obscure,
methodology and motives
may be reasonable and pure.

It is risky business to
assume and, then, opine
based upon critique that is
subjectively inclined.
Wisdom withholds judgement
with an empathetic eye
considering the obscurity
the critic does belie.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I always love the philosophical insights contained within your writing Miss M - and I have an old saying (pertaining as well to Hub commentary) "If you have nothing good to say then don't say anything at all"

......but with you Miss M - my acclaim for your writing will never ever ....... stop!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Epi, that is funny you say that because that was one of what I refer to as my mom's pearls of wisdom! This came to me while watching the Casey Anthony trial, and reading a bunch of commentary from other viewers who are trashing her lawyer...and I am thinking..."everyone's a critic"... I thank you, my dear friend for your undying loyalty and support, which is mutual...

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MysteriousOne 5 years ago

Very true, Ms.tnderhrt, and nicely put! Was an intense day today,for sure! Great job,my friend.

Have a Blessed day!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

MOa, thank you, kindly. I always appreciate your support and encouragement, a great source of strength and inspiration.

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Does it count when we are our biggest critic?? I know I am my biggest critic! Tnder I am so happy that you write and are the woman you are. Keep writing what your mind and heart behold never stop!!


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lilibees 5 years ago

Well a great saying goes something like this "When you assume you make an @#% out of U and Me." Great writing thanks for sharing!

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sofs 5 years ago

Wisdom shines through your poetry. Critique without empathy does blot out the truth..

Don't say anything if you can't speak positively. There is power in words use them wisely. Great message.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Only one word here:

Brilliant !!!

Here's to many more hubs to share.

Take care


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Truisms in poetry - cleverly done, don't we all know at least one 'expert' :-)

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JayeWisdom 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

Terrific poem with great insight....

We should not be so quick to make assumptions or judge people. That's an area of my personality I'm still working on (there's always room for self-improvement), but the tendency has decreased, I'm happy to say.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Right on. Sometimes when i read beautiful and heartfelt poetry from someone, then some EXPERT comments, like perhaps you should have used this word instead, i 'wanna shout, " Hey it's her poetry, shut up " I'm with Epi, don't be a critic!!

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samiaali 5 years ago

This is a wise and beautiful poem tnderhrt23! Loved it! :)

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ameliejan 5 years ago from Alicante, Spain

This was brilliant - thanks for sharing.

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NotWiredThatWay 5 years ago from New York

I love it, Tnderhrt23. You're right, people are quick to criticize and judge, at times on the most miniscule of things. If it's not broken no one needs someone else telling them how to fix it. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Don't you hate when someone is happy and another comes along and burst their bubble with a comment supposedly with an altruistic intend? Yeah right...

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Wonderful words to live by, I just love how your writing combines learning with teaching. Awesome!!

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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

beautifully written. I always say if you don't have anything good to say then keep your mouth shut.

God Bless

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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Beautifully and wisely written my friend. Again another masterpiece to be proud of from your pen. x

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

bella, I think this particularly applies to us personally concerning ourselves...I don't judge another human being as harshly as I do myself...I try hard not to judge others but...am pretty hard on me, as I can see that you are upon yourself, as well. I am grateful for you, for your creative and passionate heart, and your willingness to share that deep emotion with the world in an effort to make it a better place! Be gentle with bella! Lots of love to you. I have been absent from Hubpages for a time and have some catching up to do...but I will be visiting you soon!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

lilibees, sofs, Eiddwen, Bumpsysmum, JayeWisdom, always exploring, samiaali, ameliejan, NotWiredThatWay, Fluffy, VietNamVet, theBlueStar, I thank you sincerely for your wonderful comments! I am so grateful for each one of you!

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jami l. pereira 5 years ago

I think quite a few people on this site should read this before they comment on others' work , i spent the biggest part of my morning this morning delete~ing ugly comments off of some of my writings lol , i wonder why they seem inclined to critique others when they should critique themselves first!! this was great ! voted up and awesome!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

The world is full of critics, it would seem. It is easier to focus on someone else than it is too look in the mirror. Ugly comments on Hubpages really bother me, God don't like ugly! I appreciate your read and comment and apologize for ugly...

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michael ely 5 years ago from Scotland

Excellent stuff tndrhrt23. Great poem making really good points.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Michael, I do appreciate it!

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