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Do Unto Others................
by Karen Moore

Saturday, December 05, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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If you would be happy for your stealing to be part
of the norm, then steal without a sorrow in your heart,
caring not if others steal from you what you have worked for,
caring not about what you have sacrificed and hurt for.

If you would be happy for your untruths to become
commonplace for all, then lie from dawn till day is done,
caring not if others lie to you in the same way,
caring not that you cannot depend on what they say.

If you would be happy for someone to share your wife,
worry not about the other woman in your life
and if you would not feel ill-at-ease if all would shriek
at you, be unpleasant and abusive, never meek.

If you would be happy for someone to punch your face
without provocation, or defile your cherished place,
live a life of violence and destruction; keep no peace.
Otherwise, take heed of what Immanuel Kant did preach......

"Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same
time will that it should become a universal law"

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Reviewed by Michelle Mead 12/7/2009
Yes, I agree. You wrote this quite well, and tightly, so that the meaning comes through with a punch.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 12/5/2009
Karen,
I like your approach, how you tackle this, beginning each stanza with 'If' and exploring and probing. Yes!

John
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/5/2009
Do unto others with respect and hopefully that is what you usually get. But not everyone follows the golden rule as it was meant. I related to your poem as having been all of the above and trying not to any more. Great sage advice here. Liz



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