I wrote this some time ago.
Maybe someone else needs reminding besides me :-/

(Based on a true story)

Today, I washed windows.
I scrubbed and I cleaned.
But the harder I tried
The messier it seemed.

I questioned and marveled
Why spots kept appearing
Why dirt didn’t move and
And the filth wasn’t clearing.

Then in my surprise
I looked down real close
I noticed the answer
At the end of my nose.

My glasses were smudged.
Making all efforts vain.
The windows were clean.
I was looking through stains.

I wonder how often
That happens to me:
I’m polishing others
And forget to check me.

fog, April 1th, 2013 015

About Heidi Viars

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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13 Responses to

  1. Oh wow, that’s good, Heidi–and you’re such a gifted rhyme/rhythm poet. Bless you!

  2. This is wonderful and wise, Heidi. Yes, I need this reminder often. 😉
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  3. Nancy Ruegg says:

    “I’m polishing others and forget to check me.” It’s so easy to fall into the critical-spirit trap! Thank you, Heidi, for sharing your memorable visual reminder (the glasses!) with us.

  4. Debbie M. says:

    Your ending took me by surprise! I thought maybe it was because you were using a dirty rag! Stains and planks can cause our perspective to be off!

  5. pattisj says:

    Great reflections–word-wise and photo-wise.

  6. I know, a clean, pure heart does wonders for your vision. Thanks for this poem and I like the picture.

  7. Mel Wild says:

    Great poem. I especially liked this part…

    “My glasses were smudged.
    Making all efforts vain.
    The windows were clean.
    I was looking through stains.”

    How true! Thanks for the reminder. Blessings.

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