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Below is the poem entitled THE LESSON REVISED which was written by poet Robert Walker. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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met a man that had no shoes,
druken and pathetic.
looked as if he's nothing to lose,
 and i felt so sympathetic.
i thought that it would help,
 if i offered  him some change
 but he looked at me and laugh
 which i really thought was strange
 he said young man you know nothing about me 
,or why i live like i choose,
 for i am happy just the way things are,
 and i need no pity from you ,
i never harmed anyone ! 
never begged borrowed or robbed
, -for i'll have everything i could dream-
 as long as i have faith in God,
so go ahead with your money
and put it towards something worth while
 trust me i have plenty
for i am my father's child 
by meeting that old man 
i learned a very important lesson that day
before you judge you must first understand
what brought them to be that way
so i left that day with alot in mind
to not be so judgemental of the people i meet
for who knows at any giving time
that could be me living in the streets

Copyright © Robert Walker

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  1. Date: 8/4/2012 5:56:00 AM
    thanks for all your comments XOXOXO

  1. Date: 8/2/2012 5:38:00 PM
    Very nicely done. A worthy poem for the contest. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/2/2012 5:38:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Cyndi's 'You Do Understand" contest Robert. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2012 12:03:00 AM
    Congratulations on your Honorable Mention in Cyndi's contest. Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 11:52:00 PM
    Robert,, congratulations with your wonderful win in Cyndi's contest... xox~PD