Not to be harsh


To speak in anger
A sting, a slap
Pain felt
Regret, a word too late.

Words spat out
Harsh to the heart
Hurt, felt strongly.

Keep calm
lock in anything harsh
Take a deep breath
It is best to walk away.

Be silent
don’t answer in anger
Think kind thoughts
Not harsh words.

Count to ten
before you speak
Bite your tongue
to stop unpleasantness.

How many times
before you learn?
Rough or sharp, severe or cruel,
Not to lash out, not to be harsh.

In prayer, a silent plea
Understanding needed
Gentle thoughts, patience sought
All things harsh to banish.

By C.E. Pereira


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