Judge me not by my face;
it may be a mask.
Not by my words;
You have not heard all of them.

Not by my years;

You know not where they have taken me.

Not by my company;

The ties that bind us have many threads.

Not by my skin;

It is only a sheath that covers my flesh.

Not by my shoes;

You know not the roads I have walked.

Not by my weaknesses;

For my strengths may outweigh them.

Not by my appearance;

For wine spoils even in a golden chalice.

Judge me not unless you are above judgment, and then I will

throw myself down at your feet, for you will be the Lord.

copyright 1991