When you feel like saying something

That you know you will regret

Or keenly feel an insult

Not quite easy to forget,

That’s the time to curb resentment

And maintain a mental peace

For when your mind is tranquil,

All your ill thoughts simply cease.

It is easy to be angry

When defrauded or defied,

To be peeved and disappointed

If your wishes are denied;

But to when a worthwhile battle

Over selfishness and spite,

You must learn to keep strict silence

Though you know you’re in the right.

So keep your mental balance

When confronted by a foe,

Be it enemy in ambush

Or some danger that you know.

If you are poised and tranquil

When all around is strife,

Be assured that you have mastered

The most vital thing in life.

by Grenville Kleiser

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Selena Sage note: This is a beautiful poem that I memorized for an assignment in high school years ago! It is a poem I still remember and love <3