No Poison, Please

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ~ Nelson Mandela


my friend, is poison—
don’t spread it


a (not so) wee note…
– I wasn’t going to post any poetry, today. Then… I glimpsed at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and noticed Kerry’s invitation: “please share your thoughts in commentary or a poem inspired by the words” of Nelson Mandela.

That invite has been dancing in my skull. I tried to ignore it. It even worked for an hour or three. Then, I read something a friend wrote about the latest bit of rot oozed by the Orange Infection afflicting our nation. I won’t share any of the writing, not even the link to it. Not because it isn’t true. Not because it isn’t important, but because (in my not so humble opinion) the spillage of hatred helps no one. On the other hand, it kills the one holding on to it, spreading it…

So, today, on the 7th anniversary of the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and the birth day of a great mind, I say no to the spreading of poisonous words (regardless of how cathartic they might feel for a minute or thirteen).


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45 thoughts on “No Poison, Please”

    • I want to say that you are wrong, that you are just being too negative, but… I’ve never been good at lying to myself. So, I will just say, let’s continue to do our best not to be like “many people”.

  1. yes, lets do our best to not be like ” many people “,, we have to have hope,, bitterness is a poison isn’t it, sadly so easy spread for sure,

  2. *sigh*

    Ah Magaly, you are, fearsomely correct.
    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind – and poison, is poison, however small or large the dose.

    And sure, it’s okay to have a platform to voice ideas, outrage, opinions that need to be released – but after the fact, more importantly – what does one do??
    It seems to me, people keep ignoring this vital idea, “after the release” – some things can’t be changed by one person, at least not on a larger scale – I get that, but doesn’t it make more sense to try to re-direct the energy into something more concrete – and positive?

    so yes, I salute your little poem today –
    let us not spread poison –

    let us look to either silence (hmm, would collective silence in protest work?)
    or better still – change through positivity – encouragement and community –

    as for bitterness – it lingers and eats the soul and breeds mistrust and calculated indifference or a rippling toxin, which can be known as hatred – often aimed and infecting others, who have nothing to do with the initial reaction/response …

    and to end on a Happy note: Happy Anniversary to you and may you continue to play at the Garden and splash sunshine and moonbeams and all wonderful creativity in the pond for many years to come.

    • There are always way to show our displeasure, even our fury. It’s when we do it in ways that tear apart our souls that we lose.

      Happy anniversary to you, too. The garden is a great place to be. I’m sure that you short time there has already showed you that.

      • ❤️I needed this. I don’t think I’ll ever be Pollyanna again, and I do feel furious at times, and sometimes a vent like a cataclysm, but I don’t want to poison my soul. Love always

        • Extremes and absolutes are almost always exhausting in their imbalance. I don’t anyone can be honestly cheery every minute of their lives. I mean, life happens and sometimes it happens meanly. We can try to be positive about something horrid, but it doesn’t mean we’ll be able to be happy about it.

          Every now and again, we might need to scream, but… we always should be watchful that we don’t rip out own throat out in search of release. And if we are too far gone, for a moment, to realize that we are about to lose ourselves, then I hope that there is always a person (or a gang) there to help us find our center.

          Love, right back.

  3. I certainly have my moments when I feel bitterness about some things and some people. I know rationally that it hurts no one but myself, and try to just focus on my gratitude for the many blessings I have instead… but I’d be lying if I said that it doesn’t seep into my heart sometimes. I’m definitely a work in progress.

    • We can’t help getting angry at people, even holding a grudge for a day (or a decade, lol). It’s how we handle those feelings that can hurt us. I’ve known you long enough to know you are not the kind of person who would go online to start asking people to join you on wishing ill to person X or Y. That sort of thing comes back to the sender. We are human (well, most of us *cough*), so we will get upset and more every now and again. The way we deal with our anger (and with whatever we perceived originated it) is what determines what kind of human we are…

      …we are all a work in progress, methinks… 🙂

  4. Something i truly and wholeheartedly believe in. I have no real hatred, Oh i am no saint, i have my moments of anger but i know that my soul cannot take in hatred and anger is always always answered with peace. People say i am a ‘walkover’ i am ‘too nice’ I should fight back. I do, I fight back with love peace and wisdom. The difference lies deep in the soul. If only people would search for it, instead of taking the easier more ‘ defensive’ approach.

    Flippin heck if you make any sense from this Magaly, let me know. I know what i mean, but basically it just means ….. thank you for this. x

    • It makes sense. I think everyone approaches their battles differently. Sometimes, fighting means doing nothing, just waiting until the one causing the pain cools off. That isn’t always easy, especially if it’s done consciously–not out of apprehension, but because we know that throwing that first punch will ruin more than our opponent’s face. I’ve always thought that the trick is to find what works for us… and then, become really good at it.

  5. I, too, am tired of the poisonous.. there is too much pettiness and jealousy and narrow-mindedness in the dealings of mankind.

  6. Someone should brew up a “bitter repellent” and spread that through the media. I’ve resigned to music and try to avoid the tele…it’s overwhelming. My oldest daughter suggest we move to Canada often🤣

    • You know, Sharon (Touch of the Goddess) created the most awesome Negativity Be Gone bottle (or maybe it was a jar, I can’t remember). We might have to approach her about a Bitter Be Gone one. Or, we could all move to Canada. 😀

  7. Drink not of the cup filled with orange hemlock. And be so very careful, so. very. careful. not to spill it! Lovely, Magaly. The world should read and heed your post.

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