A NEW BOOK & PROLOGUE
I FEEL THERE ARE SOME GREAT ADDITIONAL ADVANTAGES TO CONTRIBUTING TO A SITE LIKE MAO, which may not be immediately apparent in the daily correspondence relating directly to stoma issues.
As a writer and a rhymist the good people on here have prompted me to capture so many concepts in verse and I am so grateful for your ideas and motivation to do so. Sometimes, it is difficult to foresee where the writing will take me next, but recent correspondence threw up the concept of a completely new direction to complement my main motivation of writing about what, in the past, I referred to as people's 'wails of woe'. Many of which were caused by the unkindness perpetrated by their fellow human beings. I am half way through my sixth book on 'Bullying' and was wondering what I could do to change direction, without forsaking my passion for exposing the bad things in life such as bullying.
Well! the good people on this site gave me the idea that I could look for the 'good' things in life and still have the opportunity to contrast them with what I feel is 'bad/wrong'. Thus, I have decided on the working title of 'B. Withers - Be KIND' and will share with you my first contribution to this new book.
B. WITHERS - Be KIND.
So many rhymes I wrote before
exposed those things that I abhor,
such as the things that spring to mind
when I see folk being unkind.
And I’ll continue in this way
to help the victims have a say,
by documenting what is wrong
in rhyme, in limerick and song.
But there’s another side to life
besides the bullies and their strife,
this is a side which needs some light
to contrast between wrong and right.
I felt it would be apposite
to write about the opposite
of bullying and uncaring
to show that some folks are caring.
So, in this work, I thought I might
reverse that concept and might write
about the kindness I have known
and the goodness folks have shown.
Of course, I’ll bear in mind the bad,
the torrid, horrid and the sad,
but that will all be in the wings
as I seek out those better things.
I hope I’ll find enough to be
the subject of some poetry,
to warm the cockles of our heart
for then, I would have played my part.
Within this world, so full of woe,
I’ll search around so I may show
by looking hard, we may well find
that human beings can be kind.
B. Withers 2020