Today, you might meet

rude ignorant, callous, vile,

and awful people.

Not everybody

will be considerate, and

they may be vicious.

“But does this all mean

that my day is forfeit now?

That I am worse off?”

Only if you choose

to agree with that judgement

of these impressions.

No one can hurt you -

no thief, driver, or stranger -

without your consent.

So, do not give it!

Reflect their angst as kindness -

it is what they’re due.

We know not their lives.

All we know is who we are -

a fellow human.