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Ever watch the man pull into wheelchair parking, 
get out of his car and walk into a store.
Ever watch an obese woman eating at a buffet 
and you think there is just no excuse,
Ever see a teenager with piercings standing in a store, 
you quickly move to another aisle.
Ever stand in line for a cashier and tap your feet 
while the elderly woman counts out her change.
Ever look at the woman wearing a hijab 
and think she is different and cannot be trusted.
Ever want to sit down on the bus 
but some young whipper-snapper does not give up their seat.
Ever consider that you may be prejudice 
and need to carefully examine why you feel that way.
Consider this;
The man in wheelchair parking has heart disease
and cannot walk long distances without developing angina.
The obese woman gained weight when she developed arthritis
and is no longer able to work-out as she had when she was well.
The teenager is kind and thoughtful and was about to ask you 
if you need help in reaching an item on the shelf,
The elderly woman worked hard all her life and is just trying to make
the cashier’s life easier by giving her the exact change.
The woman wearing the hijab is a kind and caring person 
who is about to become your physician,
The young whipper-snapper on the bus has just been diagnosed 
with cancer and is too weak to stand for the ride,
Ever think that you are making judgement 
without knowledge or the full facts.
No more prejudice, 

Written September 9, 2012
For Debbie Guzzi’s contest

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  1. Date: 8/30/2014 9:59:00 PM
    Just reading poems about cancer and came upon this one. It's really good!!!

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 8/31/2014 12:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea, its been a long time since I wrote poetry, although I do log on and read your poetry. I am so pleased to see you were the number one winner of all poetry contests in last 6 mos. Congratulations. I usually write rhyme and that isn't good poetry, so I have chosen another hobby, although I still enjoy writing. Take care Love Lee
  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:19:00 PM
    Lee,, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 11/21/2012 9:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Happy Thanksgiving to you PD, have a wonderful day and weekend. Take care Lee
  1. Date: 9/20/2012 11:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Debbie Guzzi's contest Lee. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 9:30:00 PM
    wowowow, this is so insightful and just like God would want us to think, putting me in mind of the story of the woman on an airport bench who was eating another guys' package of cookies thinking she was eating her OWN cookies. then she got really mad at him for eating her cookies but in reality they were his cookies, so he was putting up with HER eating HIS cookies. hard to explain it but this poem is much like that Xmas tale. BIG congrats.

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 6:28:00 PM
    You know I NEED to do this..I need to read this every day to be the best me I can be..I bet folks print this up for themselves. THANKS!! for your STAND Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Ramage Avatar Lee Ramage
    Date: 9/17/2012 7:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Debbie, its an honour to win in one of your contests. Thank you again for your mentoring, keep it up, its greatly appreciated in all my work. Lee
  1. Date: 9/12/2012 4:30:00 AM
    This is the second poem i've read today, giving a point of view, in the (there is always two sides to every aspect syndrome) and like the first is an excellent poem, awesome subject, very well written.. brilliant Lee, needed writing did this, thank you.. the other poem is by Joy Wellinton's 911etc poem check it out....

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 10:03:00 PM
    I love every thoughtful moment put into the writing of this beautiful verse...I stand and salute you! Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 10:19:00 AM
    Ahhhhhhhhhh HA! Okies Lee GOOD topic be a wee bit clearer in the end as to what your stand is..or what you'd like to see others take as their STAND [also unless those single word lines are there for a reason..they're distracting] the write has been moved up as you will Lee just some thoughts of mine ;) Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 10:11:00 AM
    wow! you've really nailed it on this one. i'm sure i've been guilty of many of those thoughts from time to time. i hope i remember the lesson you've so beautifully penned here.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 5:07:00 AM
    Very clever and thoughtful write with these thoughts Lee.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 3:47:00 AM
    A poem of reflection - Very well written. - Luck in contest Lee. - Have a lovely and good new week. oxox love Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 1:53:00 AM
    All those questions well asked in a form of poetry and yet it leaves a question of the reality we all live in. One should appreciate life.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 12:33:00 AM
    Excellent perceptive penned in this poem. How often we make the grave mistake of judging from appearances without knowing the truth! very good work, good luck.