In my shoes

There have been times

in my life

when people have judged me


or spoken badly of me

because they never took the time

to ask me

my point of view,

they never tried to understand

what life is like for me



I was just an easy target

for the hatred

that they had to offload

onto another hurt person

so they didn’t have to feel it


Either way

I got hurt.

So here are my shoes.

Before you judge me

or speak ill of me

put them on,

fasten them tight

and walk a mile with me.