***This is a wonderful poem very well written with emotion. Originally by Rama Muthukrishnan.
There is a slight alteration on my part, making it more personalized, only for the reason that I can emotionally relate- that every time I’m feeling weary, I can always reflect on it.***
Find no fault with the woman who limps, or stumbles along the road;
Unless you have worn the shoes she wears, or struggled beneath her load.
There may be tacks in her shoes that hurt, though hidden away from view;
Or the burdens she bear, placed on your back might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the woman who’s down today,
unless you have felt the blow that caused her fall,
or felt the shame that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows that were hers, if dealt to you,
In the selfsame way at the selfsame time, might cause you to falter too.
Don’t be too harsh to the woman who sinned, or pelt her with words or stones,
Unless you be sure, yeah doubly sure, that you have no sins of your own.
For you know perhaps if the temper’s voice should whisper as softly to you
As it did to her when she went astray, it would cause you to falter too.
Judge her not.