Why Judge?

March 21, 2014

Why Judge?

As I was walking down the street,
I met a woman who judged me feet!
She stared for long and hard at that -
And I kept thinking, “Geez, what a twat!”

The woman left in the opposite direction 
Followed at a distance by an old man -
who kept staring at the lady limping ahead,
and said to himself, “what a wrinkly old pan!”

What was surprising, was the little girl playing
In the park nearby with her mother,
She pointed out to the man, who’d commented on the woman,
and said, “Mommy look! It’s a monster!”

The ‘Mommy’ got protective and I heard her say
“Stay away from such people always.
Don’t trust them if they talk to you or cry out for help.
Just start yelling and run fast and away.”

The Mercedes Benz that just rolled past the corner
Had a beautiful young woman look out the window
She thanked out loud, for being rich and well known
And not having to play in the mud like that widow.

The young lad returning from work that moment
Was clothed in garments akin to gunny
He glanced at the Benz and then at the lass
And said, “I’m sure she married him for his money!”

Now this guy never knew that the girl was rich
And famous of her own accord
That the money and the fame and the flashy new car
were proof that of poverty she abhorred.

And the same time this rich woman was oblivious
that the widow in the park was famous
A level-headed judge with a sympathetic heart
Meeting out justice to crimes that were heinous

But because this judge sees crime every day,
She fell prey to her own cynicism
That the man she advised her little one to avoid,
was merely an unfortunate burns victim.

And back to this man who was quick to speak
Of the age old scars on the woman ahead
The hard work and sacrifice that frail body endured
The lines on her face tell the tale of a life she led.

So what seems to be, often is not so
Why be too quick to decide?
Why not take time to know someone firsthand -
setting all crude assumptions aside?

Well I hope someday, people think in this way
All discrimination and hatred we’d beat
As for that woman, who was staring at me hard –
In her defence, I do have big feet!


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By Dr Pamela Jane Pinto
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Comment on this article

  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 30 2014

    Judging someone by cynicism , wonder why men are always on the opposite side. Discrimination by feminist Judge and Anti Men laws are a sure agony and enough to project a certain species as a monster.

    The truths to which ' oxymoron ' part of the above story , i always thought the young girl in mercedes is lucky enough even if she been judged by others.

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Mar 29 2014

    Big Feet, Big Smile, Big Heart...everything in the 'Big Category'....It's also pleasing to note the support you get from home.
    'Putta...We never knew you have this talent'...I think they wrote once...Then there was Vandana Machado ,here,who wrote the Super 'Cherry Cherub 'and her parents too exclaimed 'Vandu... we never knew you had it in you' and all that !Why I write this is because parents never really know what 'talent' their kids have,till they bring it out ..O.K.? My Mom never reads Daji....but in my younger days when she more often than not caught me on the wrong foot she used to say..'I never knew you were so talented', but used to side with me always....My Angel!
    Anyways. Dr., I think (not judge) it's to do with the 'air' in New Zealand...No matter what profession a lady takes to...the 'poetess' in her comes to the fore...
    Keep writing and may God Bless....

  • Dr. Pamela Pinto, Wellington, New Zealand

    Fri, Mar 28 2014

    hahaha R.Bhandarkar,
    It's funny how people prove a point by judging ... i find it amusing. love your comments, always have and a BIG thank you to all who constantly encourage me (my biggest support my parents and bro) and yes you, who constantly encourage me at every step! My smile reflects what's in my heart, that's all i can say :)

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Mar 28 2014

    Everybody finished on Twat??
    O.K. Dr- Now at least tell me haven't I judged your smile perfectly? Y- you reply only to Maddy?? That too -global citizen...or something...

  • Sasikalla V. Rai, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 26 2014

    good article a judge-twat write-up, smile says all

  • Pauline Hilda Lewis, Mangalore, gorridudde

    Wed, Mar 26 2014

    Tweet on twat, if not a slang is a tweet to make the article a kind of twat popular easy to judge concepts of twat originator.

  • Christine, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Tue, Mar 25 2014

    Beautiful poem! keep writing.
    God Bless you.

    Lov mom, dad and brother

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Tue, Mar 25 2014

    Now your reply Tit for Twat or Tit for Tat?
    All this reading and exchanging views,reference to Ox and Ford, really adds to one's quiver very meaningful words.What say everybody?

  • DR. PAMELA PINTO, Wellington, New Zealand

    Tue, Mar 25 2014

    Maddy ... the Oxford dictionary defines a 'twat' as a stupid or obnoxious person. Yes, if you are referring to the slang then it becomes difficult to use the English language - just like when using the words bang, wasted,pissed,ass,knob,bent, not to mention a bird and an animal used to describe human parts too (you catch my drift?). So taking the words in whatever context it could possibly be taken is entirely up to the reader. As for the judging mind of the narrator ... well that was the whole point of the subject. :)

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Tue, Mar 25 2014

    Dr.Dr. I judged your smile mischievous...Correct or not?
    What Maddy ,Global citizen, judging your judgement about Twat and all that? Really Dr? Are you also naughty and mischievous...?
    My judgement correct?
    What all Maddy googling and finding out?? What a discovery!!

  • Maddy, Global Citizen

    Tue, Mar 25 2014

    The feet staring woman was absolved thankfully, but the narrator, sadly, wasn't...By thinking "what a twat" the narrator's mind was judging a hidden part of the staring woman!

    Google: meaning of twat

  • anita britto, mangalore /Auckland

    Mon, Mar 24 2014

    Nice one, Pamela.Enjoyed reading it.

    If only the same time and energy was used in a more constructive way - so many more positive things that can be focused on instead of waiting to pass a judgement.

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sun, Mar 23 2014

    Never 'judge' a book by it's cover-
    Something like that Dr?...I know many men who have 'run for cover' after judging ! Who? Females obviously!!
    Very dangerous thing in this one!
    A woman judged your feet Dr, because they were big? Very lucky you! Some have habits of starting
    to judge from some more awkward
    parts of the anatomy ,that too with a straight face! Shouldn't do all this...Correct Dr.

  • ad, mangloor

    Sun, Mar 23 2014

    Humans are different species.

  • John DSouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Why Judge? Ask Why? And Tell Why or Why not?

    Because the weak human nature is filled with sinful features.
    We judge others by the influence and force of evil fruits like immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts and orgies.

    In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control never judge and allow to judge.

  • Veena castelino, Kankanady

    Sat, Mar 22 2014

    Very well written.. How many times in a day I tend to judge people around me.. A lesson not to judge..

  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Fri, Mar 21 2014

    No doubt ‘tis a poem with moral
    But in today’s fast paced world
    Who’s got time for scrutiny
    Of cars, burns, scars and feet.

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