I’ll treat you

Treat everyone as you wish to be treated.

Reading the news. Bad idea.

Listening to the gossip. Bad idea.

Seeing one photo after another.

Why are we forgetting the love?


What if I treated you the way you treat me.

As if you were dumb. Invisible. Worthless.

As if you had no spirit. No soul. No life.

As if you were created for me. To use.


What if I treated you the way you treat me.

Unworthy of respect. Of love. Of care.

Unworthy of saving. Of valuing. Loving.

Unworthy of a single thought after you were done.


What if I treated you the way you treat me.

Sharing your shame, with glee.

Your bleeding pain celebrated.

Your wounds amusing in passing.


What if we choose differently?

Living life with the price paid.

Loving life with the joy restored.

Believing in life, death conquered.


What if we spoke in love, lived love?

Not like hippy dippy. But genuine.

I care. Do you . Prove it by caring.

What if we only shared in joy?


What if we put the horrors away?

We know it is there. Gasping. Grasping.

We can take away it’s power. We can.

Stop feeding hate. Stop feeding fear.


What if we really were the change?

Now. Today. Smile and show you care.

Say a prayer. Say ten. For someone else.

Be thankful. For everything. Even that.


What if we could, and we would?

What then? Would the world pause?

Take a breath. Reset. Recharge.

Not for you. For them. Yes them.


So tired, lately, of the hurt and hate. The culture of fear and hatred. Instead of ‘DO NOT RAPE’ we teach, “Don’t get raped, and don’t get taped”.  So tired of horrific photos begging to be shared with no action for change. No real desire of change because it is easier to reel from horror to horror instead of shouting STOP. STOP. ENOUGH. NO MORE. In my head this poem was more harsh, more hard hitting but I think we have had enough of that. We need some hope. Some love. Some ___________. Don’t you?




  1. Tino said,

    April 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    There is hope. Where? Why here of course. When people begin to say enough is enough, then hope grows stronger.

    Dont allow the merchants of hate win. Cling to your hope and be defiant, we can never let hate win the day.

    I feel your pain in this, but I also sense your hope. And I aint religious in the slightest!

  2. brian miller said,

    April 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    what if we really were the change…great question…and if we just treat others as they treat us are we not just giving in…and becoming as much the problem…or if we turn a blind eye…it does not go away…

  3. Mary said,

    April 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Beautifully expressed! So true. Indeed, what if WE were the change? What if WE made the first move? What if WE made the difference. Thought-provoking writing here. Thank you.

  4. Kim or Lisa said,

    April 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Wonderful poem, a lot of food for thought. Will be back, when I need a reminder. 🙂

  5. markwindham said,

    April 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    it is difficult to find the good in the reported news, and more difficult still to stand out as being different and doing something.

  6. April 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I hear you,and I feel your pain. A well written piece and a good message, Shanyns. But, I think we agree; no one is listening. Well, some are, but not enough.

  7. April 24, 2013 at 12:58 am

    This is a message all should hear. Spoken clearly and righteously. That crime of rape is almost epidemic, perhaps in the past too, but horrible to imagine. And it does start with each, one by one embodying the message of hope.

  8. April 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I agree with you ~ So much hate, so much arrogance, so much despair ~ We can only pray and do our own little share of kindness and love ~ Thank you for sharing this wonderful message ~

  9. ayala said,

    April 24, 2013 at 1:36 am

    So much hate, so much evil …. There is also good . Strong message and thought provoking. I think we all have to be the change and teach the change to our children. Nice share.

  10. April 24, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I think we’re all a little tired. Hang in there. Things will get better.

  11. claudia said,

    April 24, 2013 at 3:59 am

    the world is def. in a crazy state..respect and love for each other getting lost more and more…and i think we just have to start somewhere, take small steps no matter how small they are, they make a difference..

  12. Tony Maude said,

    April 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Bad news doesn’t change anything, but it does sell… Good news on the other hand – well, you can’t even give that away to some people. BUT there is hope; good news really can change things, and we each need to try to create and be good news for others, no matter their response to that. It’s hard, it might even get you killed, but it is possible. And now I’m going to copy this comment into a file of things I’ve said, but too often not really listened to. I need to be constantly reminded.

  13. Laurie Kolp said,

    April 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    It is a sad world we live in today, and I think it’s due to the lack of Christian morals. I love the Golden Rule.

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