If I’ve assumed something of you, I’m sorry.
If I made you feel smaller or less important, I’m sorry.
If anyone has waited a moment before murmuring about the ignorance of my statement, I’m sorry.
I assure you I didn’t know.
I assure you I’d want to know
If I’ve hurt you.
Because the two things we can both understand:
The need for kindness and
The want to be kind.
Just because I don’t know
Doesn’t mean I don’t want to know,
Doesn’t mean I can’t learn and do better.
You see, I’ve learned what has been done in the past;
I’ve learned what not to do.
I haven’t learned what to do.
I know now …
It’s time for me to listen—
I’ve been speaking for far too long—
So talk with me as you’d want me to talk with you.
Tell me stories.
Help me laugh, help me cry.
I’ll never know, but I can try.
You’re a person, same as I,
So let me sit beneath your sky.
Won’t say a word or make a sound,
Just listen to your words resound.
Won’t start my mouth until I’ve found
That you and I share equal ground.