Did you ever try to analyze-
Your feelings, thoughts, emotions?
And find the basis of those strange..
And often foolish notions.
Perhaps it’s pride which makes you stiff
And causes all your problems
And if you’d merely yield a bit-
Quite likely you would solve them.
Perhaps the view with which you see-
Yourself..is quite askance-
Indeed you may be different-
To someone else’s glance.
Perhaps the things you so admire-
Acquaintance often hate-
And things you fancy weakness-
Are quite another state.
That pang of sweet compassion-
Which you esteem so wrong-
May be the very element,
You need to make you strong.
The greatest gift, said Robert Burns-
The Maker ever “gie us”..
Is eyes to look upon ourselves-
And see “as others see us”.
(4 Jan., 2000; Ft. Oglethorpe, GA)