In Reply


Often have I failed

To be the person

That I want to be


I have stayed silent

When I should have spoke

Just watched quietly


If I will not stand

For what I believe

Fearing the outcome


Then tenets are lost

Answers don’t come from

Being the problem


So, measure your words

For if hatred heard

I will disagree


And in rebuttal

You will feel the sting

A full dose of me


15 Responses to “In Reply”
  1. beth says:

    great to hear, it’s certainly a learning curve, and sometimes terribly hard. we’ve been teaching the kinder that if you see or hear something and don’t help or get help or say something about something that doesn’t seem right, you are a part of it too, as a bystander. hopefully it will help to understand this lesson from a young age, rather than us (most of us), coming to it later in life.

  2. “An innocent bystander in today’s world is no longer innocent.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  3. kristianw84 says:

    It’s hard sometimes, I cannot tell you how many times I have been bullied by trying to educate people when they say they don’t understand how their statements are racist. Like you, if I see or hear hate, I can’t hold my tongue. I feel bad for them in a way. I can’t imagine being so uneducated & so closed minded that when someone tries to open my eyes to something, I resort to bullying. Most of the bullying I have received are from women old enough to be my mother. I hadn’t been called ugly since I was a child. It’s sad that some people never leave the playground. I’m proud of you for standing up for what’s right & not what’s popular. It’s a choice, not always an easy one, but a golden one!

  4. Jim Borden says:

    we’ve been taught that if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it. I know I’ve bit my lips a few times when a friend or relative says something I find offensive. Sometimes it’s just a matter of a difference of opinion, and it doesn’t seem like it’s worth getting in an argument about it…

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Bravo! Very well said my friend! Brilliant!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    I think there’s a time to speak up and a time to be silent. Arguing with random people over social media seems like a complete waste of time, and I prefer not to engage in any of that. At the same time, If I saw someone who was being picked on, put down, abused, then I think we are part of the problem when we don’t speak out.

    There used to be a show on ABC called “What Would You Do?” that was quite interesting. Did you ever see it, Brad? The gist of the show was it would put regular people as witnesses to bad behavior from people who were acting. It was a test of human nature and people’s willingness to get involved when witnessing bad behavior.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I do remember seeing a few episodes. I assume the line between silence and speaking out is probably different for everybody. And I agree that the anonymous rants on social media serve no purpose. Thanks for being a part of the conversation, Pete. I appreciate you!

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