Do not ever judge me for you have never
been where I have been or seen what I have
saw or even heard the things I never asked to
Do not ever judge me for you have never walked
in my shoes or wore my clothes or even worn the
many hats which I had to bear upon my head.
Do not ever judge me for the things that I may have
said or what I might even say today or maybe
even tomorrow or what I may or might not have
written now or in the past present or future as you have never
lived in any of the chapters of my life or spilled any
of my ink that drips with regret and strife.
Do not ever judge me for you have never seen the
wars that I now fight or ever fought in any of my
battles that I now fight or lost the things I have lost
or have forgotten of what I cannot remember.
Do not ever judge me on the places I have lived or
where I now live in or the cars I have driven or now
drive for there have been times I have had no place to
live or a car to drive in.
Do not ever judge me on the color of my skin the one
which I was born with and still wear and am proud of
for you have no idea how I have been treated in my life
or all my hate and scorn or feel my hurt and pain, even
anger or rage from broken hearts and the demons who I
fight every single day of my life.
Do not ever judge me for you are not my God and we are
not on judgment day this is not at the gates of heaven
and you are not Peter the Saint.
Do not ever judge me or anything about me or my friends
or family because, despite what you may think you will
never be better than me so until you can stand there and
look in the mirror and honestly judge yourself
maybe one day you can tell your own story for the people
that stand and judge all others should stand in front of all
they have judged and be judged themselves.
Poet Richard M Knittle Jr.
A Poet’s Journey