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The Courtesy



Extend me the courtesy.  Hear me out.
Try to give me the benefit of the doubt.
Even when I make it difficult.
Even when I am troublesome or recalcitrant.
Let me speak.  Let me try to express
my side of things.  To explain.  Admit
my point of view and my right to it.
Let me be right.  Let me be wrong.
Listen to my rambling recitation
born of experience and prejudice.
I have things that I need to say.
There are things that I feel need to be said.
Pay attention!  No one else will ever tell you
this.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.