I’d fill your shoes better than you do!
“If I were in your shoes,
I’d be more kind to me (this ‘me’)
I would be kind to everyone
as you are now with you, I see.
I would work hard so selflessly
– not for reward or money,
or lazing in long holidays
in climates warm and sunny.
I’d make decisions fairly, squarely,
uninfluenced by jibe or bribe, attack,
unfazed by sneer or flak.
If I were in your shoes I’d be so very, very good
– by my loose standards,
and I would
be very tired,
– maybe it’s better
to stay inside these shoes,
just tell of how much fitter
that I would be if serving in your role,
content they’d never choose me for
what seems, though celebrated,
an unattractive, undesirable, yes,
a really best-avoided goal.”
[Poetry Monthly: in your shoes]