Love Thy Neighbor


Love Thy Neighbor

I have a serious issue that requires some deep examination.

It relates to a Commandment of God that needs no clearer translation.

“Love They Neighbor is the rule that I continue to question.

So I’ll get right to the point, here’s my personal confession.

The thing about neighbors, both far and easily accessible

Is that some, in fact many, are just not very lovable.

Some are rude. Some are thoughtless. Some are just downright mean.

Some are arrogant. Some are selfish. Some fall somewhere in between.

So there in a nutshell is the quandary I face.

Not everyone is lovable and deserving of even the slightest embrace.

So the solution to my problem is not one easy to reach.

To not follow God’s teachings could be a serious breach.

So I’ll try harder to look beyond my neighbor’s serious flaws.

I’ll be helpful I’ll be supportive. I’ll do my best for the cause.

If I succeed I will feel I have done what I should.

 If I fail I hope God remembers I did the best that I could.

 ©Copyright 2009 Charlie Gragg

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mamasan commented on Love Thy Neighbor


Read this read and it sure had me thinking. It was as if I was reading a well-prepared lesson plan in religion class. You definitely had a lot of questions yourself but in the end (as the excellent teacher you are) you allowed the students to deliberate but come to their own conclusion. Ah a moral perhaps: do the best you can with what you got in all circumstances..........



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Stryx commented on Love Thy Neighbor


I'd like to get to know you, young man. I like your style, but most of all, I like your mind.



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Kdaddy commented on Love Thy Neighbor


A good read, I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing. Felt the same way before.



Thank you very much

shewheat46 commented on Love Thy Neighbor


You are so right, loving your neighbor is not always easy. It is so hard to trust people now a days its sad but true. If people could all just learn to get along the world would be such a better place.



Thanks and ou are so right.

Romano commented on Love Thy Neighbor


I like this and can relate, I had a neighbor that quandered with my wife.......they had afairs, how do you love thy neighbor with that fact. how many would honestly love thy neighbor if you knew he or she was having afairs with your spouse? So the whole love thy neighbor thing is hard, that was blaten disrecpect in every way.......this poem i shall have as a fav cause this is me all the way



Thank you I am please that the poem struck a cord with you.

Poetry is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30