Jim Yerman


One Person At A Time


How do we substitute tolerance for prejudice? Lets take a moment to reflect...
How can we stamp out bigotry and replace it with respect?

How can we take people’s animosity and show them that kindness can fulfill?
How can we change their hatred into tenderness and good will?

How can we see people mocking the less fortunate and teach them sensitivity
How can we see people abusing others and teach them sympathy.

How can we see countries fighting and make those hostilities cease?
How can we take a world at war and create a world at peace?

How do we as individuals overcome the hopelessness of the injustices we see each day
And teach the peoples of the world there is a better way?

Mother Theresa said don’t look at the numbers, she said with each day start anew
And the best place to start changing the world is with the person nearest you.

I believe she was on to something, though it is a daunting uphill climb
Perhaps the best way to change the world is one person at a time.

Submitted: Monday, March 24, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

Topic of this poem: change


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