It Could Be You….
Remember the next time you laugh or take the piss
Stop and think and remember this
That stumbling old man may be seriously ill
Resting in that doorway or on that windowsill
Those shaking limbs or trembling hand
Slurred speech, so hard to understand
Before you comment on how low can someone sink.
May not be from drugs or the demon drink
You cannot judge or criticize
The look of pain in those haunted eyes
You do not know his sad story
His long tough journey or history.
Down the street as he lurches and reels
You do not know the pain he feels
The sorrow, the anguish, the phantoms of fear
No one to talk to or to listen or care.
Pause for a moment and think before
You open your mouth like a big barn door
And speak your thoughts out loud
Just to look clever in a crowd
Words once uttered, can rarely be retrieved
And whether true or not, can often be believed.
Do not be so hasty to think as you do
Because someday my friend, it could be you…
C Denis Murphy 18 July 2019.