Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  In Another’s Shoes


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Atticus, the character, by Harper Lee, 

A man of insightful wisdom for Scout, 

And for Jem; on the law, life, and what is right.

Shoes they tred many miles,

We’re never sure how far they go, 

So we should never judge a man (or woman), 

Until we’ve walked in his or her shoes, 

Until we know what it’s like being in their skin.

So says Atticus to his little daughter Scout.

So difficult to comprehend, 

Another man or women’s mind, 

To realize how their body feels,

The struggles they hide deep in there souls.

So no one perceives their weaknesses.

So no one perceives their deficiencies.

Shoes reveal all;

Our favourite pairs are worn in and irreplaceable.

Even the same kind, is never the same as the original pair.

As for Harper Lee, the great writer, 

She was only trying to say not to judge.

Let people be people black, white, or any skin colour.

She was was trying to end discrimination.

And tell us through the child of Scout, 

Through innocence and wonder, 

The simpleness of not hurting each other, 

Not molesting and raping women.

Or blaming innocent men for a crime, (based on their ethnicity).

Such wisdom Harper Lee shares, 

So I hope you understand, 

Walk in another man or women’s shoes, 

Before you judge and abuse.

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Based off: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

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12 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  In Another’s Shoes”

  1. Your poem is great and so very true! It’s always easy to judge others when you have not “walked in their shoes.” We can have a certain amount of understanding, but the real understanding comes when we experience the same thing as the other person.

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    1. Yes, unfortunately, it is a way of life, maybe something so human, it will be here as long as humans are. I hope not, but it seems we always find a new minority or group to discriminate against, I agree with you there.

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