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Just my opinion


They say we’re all entitled
To our own opinion.
Even if our own
Is one in a billion.

I wonder if that’s different
From one’s own perspective
If it’s formed from one’s perception
Rather than deception.

It seems to me
It starts with words
Some of which
Are for the birds.

But when spoken with force
What we hear might invoke
The suggestion of knowledge
Like “how smart is this bloke”?

When that is the case
And we repeat that thought
It’s not our opinion
It’s just something we bought.

To form an opinion
That’s worth sharing with others,
Takes the hard work of research
Setting aside our druthers.

We can’t allow bias
To interfere.
Our minds must be open,
There can’t be fear.

For what we may learn
May be far from expected.
And we might not enjoy
The way we’re affected.

So just blurting out
What sounded so good
Might be very unfair
Lest we do what we should.

We should listen intently
To the words that were uttered
And make sure our minds
Are completely uncluttered.

It’s simply a matter
Of pure respect
To understand clearly
And truly connect.

‘Cause if one makes the effort
To share their thinking,
They deserve our attention
To what they’re bringing.

So if we can learn
From words spoken or read,
Let’s cherish our fortune
And pursue more ahead.

Opinions are important
Parts of our living
And need to be developed
For the purpose of giving.

Because it just doesn’t matter
If we keep it to ourselves.
It’s a blessing to share
And help someone else.

So that’s all I have
At this time for sure.
A whole bunch of words
I hope wouldn’t bore.

And since I am free,
Not part of a dominion,
You know what’s next.
It’s just my opinion.


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I absolutely love this rhyme Mike, and was considering a rhyme in response. Then I thought NO! This one ought to stand on its own and be appreciated for the messages and sentiments that it so aptly conveys. Best wishes Bill
Your thoughts regarding talking and rhyming encouraged me to scribble this out, Bill. I thank you for that. I thank you, again, for your kind, generous reply. Sincerely grateful and wishing you well, Mike
Like the "Dominion" thing, as it's tough finding words to rhyme with "opinion". Nice touch. Guys writing poetry......hmmmm......I think chicks dig that!! ;0) bob
Hey Bob, at my age the only "chicks" I might relate to are those whose parents are chickens. Not sure they would enjoy poetry but I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you, Mike
I liked your poem it makes you think.
Your poem was awesome - and inspiring. With your permission I just may have my post secondary students analyze it because with our province's political situation the way it is right now, this is exactly what I need to use for "Critical Thinking." You are a poet - did you know it?:) Karen
See? ;0) Bob
Your poem is awesome you write poetry often?
Karen, I would be honored for you to share this with your students and I would appreciate their comments.
Hi Ange. I don't. Actually, it was Bill's writings and encouragement that seemed like a good idea. Thanks so much for your comment. Sincerely, Mike
Hey Bob, looks like you were right again! No surprise here. Mike
Hey Lovely, thanks for your comment. Thinking can sometimes be difficult and that's why we might end up with silly opinions. Respectfully, Mike
Awesome poem Mike! I love the message!
Thanks so much, Pup. Sincerely, Mike
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