Before I say anything I must think about the consequence of my words The weight they carry can tear apart or heal or have no affect on the heart But I feel like I have to be the better person and express myself eloquently
Before I say anything I usually calculate and try to imagine what the future will hold Yesterday doesn’t predict tomorrow but I’ve caused some sorrow And so I must hold myself to a higher standard going forth
Before I say anything I must be able to understand and sympathize And though eyes may judge me for who and what I’ve been in the past I learned to forgive myself and move forward with a better sense of direction
Before I say anything Know that I too feel the frustrations and vexations I don’t have any control of the world or the people around me Only my actions With peace of mind Impassive while gathering and organizing my thoughts
Before I say anything Please understand that I am a flawed man still working on myself The hammer I hold now helps build a new foundation over the old Because the words I speak seek the purpose I’ve been looking for
Thank you all that have participated in this competition. Congratulations to Nizana for winning the trophy for your poem entitled “Morning Mantra”. First runner up is Jordan for your poem "Sweet Sixteen" Birthday Party Canceled” and second runner up is KrystalG for “Nature to Heal”. Thank you once again to everyone. Please be with me again in my next competition.