Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


A Great Idea

I’d like you to thoughtfully consider what I'm about to say,
For I think that I’ve a great idea — one that could go a long way.
Yes, it’s really very simple, and it's easy to carry out,
So, let me cut to the chase then, and tell you what it’s all about.

For every wrong thing that you do, do something right, something that's good,
And do this because you want to, not because you think that you should.
Such will help somewhat balance or counter that wrong thing that you’ve done,
NO! — it won’t fix things, let you off — for what’s done is done, can’t be undone.

Such will simply even things up, so to speak, and even outweigh,
And hopefully — with time — far less wrong and far more right you’ll display.
But meantime, just adding a right to a wrong is very worthwhile,
So smile sweetly, go the extra mile, and where you can, reconcile.

The truth is, that we all make mistakes, do wrong things, and cause upsets,
Which most of us wish we hadn’t, and feel so bad, full of regrets.
But despite that, there's something we can do — add a right to a wrong,
By doing something that's good shortly after — yes, not take too long.

And if we all carried this out, so much brighter this world would be,
For such would sow joy where there's sadness, leave others feeling happy.
Yes, there would be a lot more sunshine than is currently shining,
Which thereby would have clouds of darkness gradually declining.

Sure it’s a simple formula, but it's a good one that can't fail,
That being, where the right attitude and a willingness prevail.
It’s one that simply won’t let a wrong have its own way, but instead,
Right over the top of that wrong thing — a dollop of good — will spread.

In other words, form a habit that will help dilute any wrong,
One that'll surround a mournful ballad with a brighter, sweeter song,
One that'll turn the tables on wrong, and get even by doing good,
Thus not letting wrong things win the day — as that’s not something we should.

By Lance Landall