David Harris

(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Don’t Stare At Me


Don’t stare at me because
I look different from you.
Don’t be hurtful with your words
because I have feelings too.
What you see is just a mask;
underneath I am the same as you.
I didn’t ask to look like this,
an accident left me the way I look now.
Accidents can happen to anyone
and that includes you.
Stop and think you before you stare
because you could be looking at you
if fortunes were reversed.
Just smile and say “hello”,
I don’t mind that at all.
You could stop and chat
I will not bite you.
If you do you could find
a friend you never knew,
someone with a heart
that is pure and true.
All I ask is don’t stare at me
or call me names because I am a human tragedy.
Look me in the eyes and
see the real me inside
before you cast stones
at what you don’t understand.


26 October 2013

Submitted: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is dedicated to all the men women and children
who suffer from a disfigurement of some kind.

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,990 Points Geetha Jayakumar (11/29/2013 12:34:00 PM)

    This poem conveys a good message. People usually stare especially when they come across people who suffer from certain disfigurement. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

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