Treasure Island

Aufie Zophy

(18 October 1964)

My mother's lesson in empathy


At the time, I was a five-year old boy
A visit to my aunty, always a joy
My cousin was playing with cars at the back
He just had a new one, the body in black
Orange lines on the side, oh boy, what a toy

Only a few minutes later, it is hard to believe
My cousin was called and he had to leave
This left us alone, that beautiful car, and me
The temptation was great, as great as could be,
I could not resist and became a thieve

Into my pocket, very smoothly it went,
I was delighted, extremely content
When we reached home, I told to my mom
With much pride about what I had done
And that's where contentment would end

My mother, incredibly sweet, incredibly bright
Swallowed her anger but asked in a voice, slightly tight
Please consider for a minute or two
How you would feel if someone did this to you.
Deep in my mind, I considered this plight.

It was easy to see the horrible feeling
I'd caused in my cousin by carelessly stealing
Our next visit, I was allowed to put it silently back
That car, with orange stripes on a body of black
Since then, I ‘ve quit forever the stealing

I don't think that there ever could be
A more brilliant lesson in empathy





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to my sweet loving late mother, a thousand times,
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Submitted: Friday, May 21, 2010
Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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  • Marie Shine (7/11/2014 12:32:00 PM)

    Wow! What a wonderful Mom you have, Aufie, bless you both. I adore the patience and the skill she used to impart to you how wrong it was to take the car without permission. She taught you a lesson for life. This poem is a very loving and beautiful tribute to your beloved Mom. All children have so much to thank their Mother's for, but some don't see that until it is too late... A joy to read! I love your work, it is so simply presented and that is an art which is so pleasing to me. It is straight to the point and you are a natural born story teller, you narrate so eloquently! Thank you for sharing. I so enjoyed reading. Blessings... (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Sanchez (4/28/2014 11:02:00 AM)

    Only a few minutes later, it is hard to believe
    My cousin was called and he had to leave
    This left us alone, that beautiful car, and me
    The temptation was great, as great as could be,
    I could not resist and became a thieve (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (4/30/2013 9:10:00 PM)

    Your mother is great! She preaches us to be good, and honest since our childhood.A terrific poem on wisdom.Loved. (Report) Reply

  • Dee Corpolongo (1/11/2013 8:12:00 AM)

    This is an incredible poem, and I loved how you showed a great lesson learned
    in a poem. Your mom was a really smart woman, and it is amazing that I also
    learned about stealing in a very similar way, long, long ago. Though it was a
    similar incident but taught to me by a friend....by explaining how I would feel.
    I love this excellent poem! (and reminding me of an important life lesson once learned!) (Report) Reply

  • Blue Dragonfly (5/10/2012 9:49:00 PM)

    I love this life experience and the goodness of the loving hearts displayed so tenderly and silently but so
    gigantic the passions (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (3/14/2012 6:46:00 AM)

    Your mom approach is one of the most classy and true one, to educate is not by strict act but must the using mind, soulful effect...being soft can turn harder thing to give up...If you go to cave, find the place where the water dropp on the stone, or if you near to beach see what the sea water can do to the stone, it can change the shape of the stone..it maybe takes time but it will shape them perfectly without broken...softness is not weak but it just wiser, coz it will be harder to do this for who have no patient in heart_Unwritten Soul (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (10/12/2011 6:11:00 AM)

    Incredible also the child who did not hide the toy and told his mother right away, at 5 already, a child can feel a wrong done thing. He didn't fight he was not pushed. As sweet as mother the child was.
    Lovely poem, thank you for share,10 (Report) Reply

  • Lenore Lee (9/8/2011 9:04:00 PM)

    WOW! This is an amazing poem and it oddly sounds like something that happened to me when I was younger. I love the story and its meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Anshul Gupta (8/21/2011 10:44:00 PM)

    Empathy and true compassion are two traits of a human being. Its great that this mother gave these two qualities to her son very early in life...hats off to the mother for her considerate behavior as well.

    The poem depicted the story very beautifully. (Report) Reply

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