The Jackass Caught in a Hailstorm
By Elton Camp
When people begin to revile
Should we take it and smile?
Or should we angrily lash out
"How dare you say that!" shout
Thus to add fuel to the fire
And increase others' ire?
The ancient advice, proven sage
You should not give way to rage
For the thing that we should
Is not speak evil, but good
Rather than with anger burn
Hurtful words do not return
Inwardly, I realize this is best
But my resolve is put to the test
While watching a neighbor's ass
I saw the animal's lack of class
A hailstorm the jackass caught
To escape, he could do naught
His loud braying was a mistake
It's better the hits to silently take
So unlike the mindless jack
Stay calm when under attack
(Note: This speaks to verbal attacks
only. A person under serious, physical
attack or with reasonable expectation of
one has a right to defend self and others.
"Turn the other cheek" is widely misinterpreted.
A "slap" is an insult. If somebody deliberately
breaks my arm, I am not to say, "Here, break
the other one.")