Peace and Love

Forget those things which do not foster love;
Ill feelings, or sad memories of hurts,
Like vengeful thoughts, or wishing just desserts
That puts another down in 'push and shove.'
How often will a needless hurt persist
Yet which so quickly could be put at rest
By either one not seeking their own best;
Love is not helped when selves for self insist.
Instead, absorb a critic's harsh remark,
Go gently then, and seek the peaceful way;
Humility, not pride, shall save the day;
The soft response may quench the angry spark.
Embrace that which shall give a peaceful plan,
Remember that great love God has for man.

© Tom Chapman 2010