Little Remark That Went a Long Way: A Poem

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

I used to have a neighbor, may his soul be blessed

with demeanor of a grouch, and temper of a jerk

dude was always worried and overly stressed

never saw him laugh, except for a smirk.

On our rare running into each other

we exchanged niceties before his rant

for me to go beyond that, I wouldn't bother

until my casual blurt stopped his familiar chant.

I said that we didn't know how mild was our hurt

and we should visit hospitals to see some real pain.

He rushed to change the subject, as if ignoring my blurt

while I thought how those words just went down the drain.

Well, I got quite surprised the next time that we met

his bad knees as usual showing all over his face

but instead of ranting and all that usual fret

he said he was fine, almost with a grace.

He added how he couldn't forget what I was saying

about seeing hospitals to face those in true pain

and he thanked me with voice like in praying

and I never heard him complain again.


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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Nithya---That's so true. Every time I see a bind man or someone in wheelchair, it instantly gives me a feeling of gratitude. Suffering seems to be such a relative experience, because so many folks are falling apart over a silly little thing.

      Thank you for reading, and I am glad you liked the poem.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 months ago from Dubai

      When we look around and open our eyes to other people’s suffering we realize how lucky we are. Great poem.

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      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey Val....BTW, on another note, Amigo....all this happy, "positive," lovey-dovey stuff is wonderful and of course important....But psst! Shhhh....(don't repeat this) Between you and me, there are those few individuals, I'd like to leave my fingerprints around their nasty necks!! LOL!!!!

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Doris---So you were fortunate to receive that helpful hint from someone, and isn't that great? It tells something about you, because you picked the message from a casual remark, didn't need books to read in order to use them as a mirror.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Paula---It's true my friend, whether we are aware of it or not, but we often leave our heart's fingerprints on someone's aching soul.

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      2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Val...It's always so nice to know that something we have said or done, may have influenced another, in a positive way! This is what makes the world go round and turns sadness into smiles! Peace, Paula

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago

      Really good one. I see myself in it except I was the one who was doing the complaining.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      R Talloni---You got it right, and it's so strange how some valuable insights come to us from some insignificant sources, not requiring a burning bush at a top of a mountain.

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      2 months ago from the short journey

      A little dose of the reality that we can always find someone worse off than ourselves is just the prescription to solve a complaining spirit.


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