Godfrey Morris

Gold Star - 4,659 Points (August 1,1982 / Kingston, Jamaica)

Gentleness - Poem by Godfrey Morris

The price to be gentle is sometimes steep

And at times it even make you weep

Some try to use, others abuse

Which make you bereft and then bemused

And like sudden rain on a public fair

Chagrin's dark cloud reappears

Being gentle is soft they say

Yet strength there lies in so tender ways

Unrelenting restraint against all odds

Cathartic redemption, in it stands

Gentleness, a gift, a priceless gem from natures glow

The fountain where nobility flows

Its virtue, is a diamond to behold

Hidden in an opaque and dusty earth, pure and bold

Forever seeking, never deceiving

Helping those, who are desperately needing


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I choose to write on this virtue, that is so lacking in our everyday lives. Yet gentleness is at times taken for granted.In the end however, with gentleness peace will always prevail.

Comments about Gentleness by Godfrey Morris

  • Roseann Shawiak (1/16/2016 7:48:00 PM)

    Gentleness comes from the soul and permeates our entire beings when we allow it to. It is a genuine strength in the weakness of the human being. Being seen when a mother holds a newborn baby, as a new father looks with wonder at his first child, when children play together, when a person reaches out to unselfishly help another in need. This poem brings out the simplicity of being gentle. Love it! Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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  • Hans Vr Hans Vr (11/6/2015 5:25:00 AM)

    Wow, this is so beautifully said, superb poem.
    The wisdom expressed here completely in line my most internal convictions. (Report) Reply

  • Afrooz Jafarinoor Afrooz Jafarinoor (9/6/2015 2:36:00 PM)

    A nice tribute to an underestimated virtue in the world of cruelty! Long live truly gentle men and women, and you the poet of gentleness! (Report) Reply

  • Uma Ram Uma Ram (3/31/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    Beautifully written sir...the metaphors- priceless gem, diamond, fountain of nobility............thanks for sharing sir (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins Heather Wilkins (6/5/2013 2:04:00 PM)

    It is so easy to be cruel and mean, but it takes strength to be gentle A soft touch is much more effective. excellent penning (Report) Reply

  • Anurag Talukdar Anurag Talukdar (7/26/2012 1:12:00 AM)

    I liked the way you have structured the poem. A praiseworthy endeavor! (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (6/27/2012 9:56:00 AM)

    So so true and eloquently flowed... and sometimes being gentle takes far more strength than is believable...probably one of my favourite words which i truly aspire to having the grace to forward..tyvm karen (Report) Reply

  • G Nelson G Nelson (6/20/2012 11:24:00 PM)

    Gosh, I love this one. It's honest and raw. Great job. (Report) Reply

  • C S (5/14/2012 7:10:00 PM)

    Yes i can relate if only everyone were so....so the gentle among us would not be thought of weak and used.... but without kindness what a world it would be (Report) Reply

  • B. Cybele B. Cybele (5/13/2012 1:39:00 PM)

    True indeed...it's lacking in our everyday lives. (Report) Reply

  • Bancroft Boreland Bancroft Boreland (5/11/2012 12:26:00 PM)

    Being a gentle person myself, i can relate to the words of this poem. in our society, gentleness if often mistaken for weakness. (Report) Reply

  • Lenore Lee (5/8/2012 11:47:00 PM)

    Yes... it is in gentleness and kindness that truly prevails in life; not cruelty and brutality. Wonderful thoughts there with an equally wonderful rhyming scheme. (Report) Reply

  • Eric Cockrell (5/4/2012 7:18:00 PM)

    it is in gentleness that wise men walk... you speak the truth. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, June 11, 2012


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