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Updated on March 3, 2011

I cannot judge a book by its cover,

Well, I can, yes, but such is my loss...

And I can't judge the worth of another,

By a coin I might casually toss.

Conclusions I jump to, at random,

Are seldom, if ever, correct.

I can't know the pain of a brother,

If I never relate or connect.

I can't judge a gift by it's wrapper

Nor judge an event on the spot.

What appears to be good may deceive me

Where disaster, very often, is not.

Let me not be found guilty of judging.

Let my heart always hasten to see

The truth that so often is hidden

Beyond my own shallow decree.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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    • Karen Russell profile image

      Karen Russell 8 years ago


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      tnderhrt23 8 years ago

      Thank you, brightforyou!

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      Helen 8 years ago from Florida

      Nice one!

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      glowingrocks 8 years ago from New York

      Very nice one this.I am a quiet person and often deemed as having a problem.So this has real meaning for me.

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      tnderhrt23 8 years ago

      Thank you, Bryan. I so appreciate your feedback! I need to read this poem on a daily basis, so that I get some other exercize besides "jumping" to conclusions!!!

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      fenzero 8 years ago from Arizona

      Oh wow, favourite of the new ones by far. I know that I've been guilty of doing this and in turn I always end up feeling guilty. It's nice though because the more we open up the more we can see inside and see the wonder in everything. This made my day :D