I’m a curtain hook thief Though I’ll pretend I am not Until caught all red handed And in a tight spot! Yet what is a cat To do all day long Bar create havoc and mischief Take what doesn’t belong Be it hooks or an item And cause disarray Under the guise of great fun And all part of cat play!
If we assimilate opinion From sources of similarity Then opinions will be influenced By the views these sources see. But if we broaden our horizons Or acknowledge our own dearth, Then new perspectives on our opinions Will subsequently be unearthed And as such these new opinions Whether they shift or stay the same, May then recognise the bias That exists in what we claim. For a forged opinion may come out of What we know or think we know. But these notions in all fairness May be flawed or need to grow! And thus whilst knowledge, by definition, Maybe true, it may be wise To recognise that opinion’s truth values Come in more than just one size.
Something has really got under my skin particularly in the last year and that is how ready people are to cast the first stone. In modern lingo that might be passing judgement without full understanding, gossiping without consideration of the impact of our actions, naming and shaming on social media when we seldom know the full facts or even if the source was reliable in the first place, criticising others particularly in terms of covid regs without seeing the bigger picture, criticising generally because it doesn’t align with our perspective which we assume is the only ‘right’ one etc.
But how often do we stop and think about the deeper affect of our own actions when we do this? How often do we consider the impact on the victim of our belittling and judgement. How often do we actually reflect on our own consciousness and consider that we are all flawed in some way?
I just wonder because in a world where we also share and retweet memes about kindness because those memes inspire us to be better, how often do we challenge ourselves first to step up to the mark? Kindness isn’t limited to acts for those we love but also those we don’t!
A little bit of sun can really lift the spirits. And to celebrate her appearance today, here’s a Spring tanka. Tanka is a style of poetry similar to Haiku but based over 5 lines with syllable counts of 5,7,5,7,7. Why not have a go at writing one and share it with me.
Ginz and Tonic started life as a year long challenge from June 2013 to June 2014 to write a poem a day to raise awareness of arrhythmias and syncope. Since then it has evolved. Filled with poems, musings and a bit of prose, I hope you find it a tonic in your day and enjoy your visit.