Treasure Island

Ray Lucero


“GREAT SOULS LIVE IN CROOKED BODIES”


Judge not, measure not,
The greatness of a soul;

By how one looks outside
By how one speaks or acts
By home where they reside
Instead observe how you react

Should you feel shame for them
or pity should arise,
It’s that your mind is closed,
Heart wearing a disguise

Crooked faces, crooked smiles
Fool those like you and me
Crooked limbs on crooked forms
Create ill will, poorly we then see

We must offer love to one another,
For that crooked man you scorn
As God would have it is your brother
Heaven-Sent and Earth-Born

Submitted: Sunday, March 26, 2006
Edited: Thursday, January 17, 2008

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  • Patti Masterman (2/1/2009 3:54:00 PM)

    ''Tis true my form is something odd,
    but blaming me is blaming god.
    Could I create myself anew,
    I would not fail in pleasing you.

    Was I so tall, could reach the pole,
    or grasp the ocean with a span;
    I would be measured by the soul.
    The mind's the standard of the man.'

    -poem often quoted by Joseph Carey Merrick (the Elephant Man)
    written by Isaac Watts (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Gale (4/1/2006 8:36:00 AM)

    Reminds me of the saying, never judge a book by it's cover. Great write Ray.

    Patricia Gale (Report) Reply

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