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A little understanding

Did I pass you in the corridor yesterday?

Did I forget to smile?
Did I make you feel miserable
When I looked through your glance?
Photo Copyright:  Salvatore Vuono

Did I delay replying to you
By e-mail, messaging or facebook alerts?
Did I seemingly ignore your cry for sympathy
When you posted that you lost someone dear?

Did I hurt you emotionally
When I didn’t return your call?
Did you feel like I slammed the door
When you left the last time you were here?

Forgive me, my friend
For I meant none of the above
I have been in pain myself
From losing a loved one
And suffering from a fall
From monumental changes that
Threatened to turn my world
Upside down and inside out

If I have wounded you 
I am ready to take the blame
All I ask for is a little understanding
And for you, I will do the same

©Shailaja V/ Doting Mom

A letter that any person can write, to indicate that life isn’t always rosy and sometimes a little understanding goes a long way


Today, I am honoured to be guest posting over at Vidya Sury’s blog

Please drop by and read my post 

U is for Unconditional

Word count: 165

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

U is for Understanding

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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Categories: A to ZLife Lessons

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


juzta mom · April 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Beautiful Shailaja. I am bookmarking this!

Drusilla · April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Excellent. Thanks.

visiting from A to Z Challenge

Jayanta Tewari · April 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Very touching post. Yes, we do need to understand other's predicament…

Nabanita · April 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Beautiful words full of feelings

U for Uncanny-Random Thoughts Naba

Swathi Shenoy · April 24, 2014 at 1:13 am

good one 🙂 sometimes we forget that the other person might alsso be going through difficult phase!

Eli Z · April 24, 2014 at 2:08 am

Aaaah what a heartfelt and moving poem… You bring out the tenderness in her feelings so well Shailaja … Loved it:-)

Sreeja Praveen · April 24, 2014 at 3:09 am

This resonates very well with me, too. Because we all are guilty of this at some point of time, and with me, this used to keep happening for a long time till realization dawned and I started looking into such situations deliberately, so as to avoid hurting someone else. A very timely message, this one !!

Beloo Mehra · April 24, 2014 at 5:30 am

Very well written, Shailja. So often we assume wrongly about the other person in such situations…I am myself guilty of not smiling, not writing back, not reaching out, and all I ask is understanding at those times. So why not give it to others. Thanks for presenting this very important idea in this way. Very nice indeed.

Afshan Shaik · April 24, 2014 at 5:36 am

These words have straight hit my heart Shailaja 🙁
Remembered a friend !
Good one!

Vidya Sury · April 24, 2014 at 6:49 am

Love the last verse! Thank you for gracing my space today!

The Side I Hide · April 24, 2014 at 6:59 am

Sometimes all you need is the understanding of people, to let you be. Beautiful poem. 🙂

Suzy · April 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

A very sweet and touching poem. So true that we only see things from our perspective and don't really know what goes on in the lives of others. Lovely poem and very nice picture too.

Prasanna Rao · April 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

Beautiful verses. I think people have become so insensitive these days that they thing only about their feelings. If an acquaintance of mine does not smile back at me, then I think about it for a while and just let it go. i don't really take it to the heart. Wonderful lines 🙂 · April 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

Whenever anybody speaks or behaves in an uncharacteristically unpleasant manner,
it may be because of circumstances that we may be unaware of.
If the behaviour is repeated, we should try to find out what the matter is and see if we can help. That's what a genuine friend would do.

Mina Menon · April 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

A little understand from both ends is all a relation needs

sulekkha · April 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our lives that we forget others have problems too, lovely poem.

Archana K B · April 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

heartfelt poem…. after reading the “unconditional” post, I wondered how the last few lines can make sense… then I realize this is the human version, while the other is the preachy version residing in the same human being.. 🙂

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm

something that I try to convey to my loved ones!! 🙁 if at all everyone understands 🙂

Shilpa Garg · April 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

You have expressed this so beautifully, Shailaja! Loved it!! We all can do with a little more empathy and understanding for each other! 🙂

Sunila Vig · April 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Shailaja, so touching n so universal.

Pixie · April 24, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Beautiful words Shailaja.. just a little understanding is what we need to get thru..
and to make any relationship work.

tulika singh · April 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

You've put it so beautifully. All those instances when we miss out being there for our friends … they are all so real. Love how you've said it all.

Rhonda Parrish · April 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

The world can always use a bit more understanding and empathy. Great U word 🙂

Kari Neumeyer · April 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Lovely and insightful poem, thank you.

Anna Jeanine · April 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm

What's so powerful about this post is that I did just recently have someone not respond to FB PMs for over a week! And it does help to consider that you never know someone's story.

Psych Babbler · April 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Beautiful words…sometimes stuff happens in our own lives which we need to focus on!

Kathy Combs · April 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

Lovely poem. Sometimes all we really need is a little understanding.

Team BlogAdda · May 10, 2014 at 8:08 am

This post has been selected for the Spicy Saturday Picks this week. Thank You for an amazing post! Cheers! Keep Blogging 🙂

Kalpana Solsi · May 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

A little understanding is all that is needed to balm wounded heart.Indeed a deserving SSP.

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