Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the critic within

Judge With Care

I worry when the older are too judgmental with the younger,
when we notice an action, or a lack of action,
and we judge that obstinate will is the problem, and the solution,
and we’re sure of that judgment,
we judge that the other should get its act together
and just do what it knows to be right,
we judge that it surely knows how to do it right and just doesn’t,

what I fear is that the judge who externalizes to the other
does so because it internalizes
with judgment after judgment on one’s own self,
a self easily found lacking,

I challenge each of us to believe in ourselves
and thus in who the other works to be.

by Henry Walker
January 7, ’11

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