You toss a finger there and throw a word here
Your eyes are swift to cast a glaring glare
But when the table turns
And life gives to you the same fate
You are then buried under self-imposed shame

Why quick to judge when you know not the start
Or the rigours the mind had been through
And the pressure undauntedly being pressed
Do not seem to put you in a sober stance
Until the table turns and you know not what to do

Before you go about with nauseous rumours
And pierce a soul with spiking words
Think before you talk, lay no claims than you know
For what you think could not be
Or feel is a piece of bread to take
Could be a hard stone to swallow, when the table turns

When you see a fallen brother or a dejected sister
A word of prayer, some moment of reflection
Would save a lot of trouble for the wounded one
And give you some experiences to learn
So when the table turns, you are for the better
For the lessons learnt and the good shown

Hello there!
How do you feel when you’ve gone through some unpleasant situation and the responses you got were quite negative (that’s not the exact word I want to use but I hope you get it🤔) to what you felt or faced? It could be painful, largely because e you were either misunderstood or the conditions you faced weren’t put into consideration.

Well, this is not to say you should justify a wrong act, if that’s the case, or accept every outcome of a situation but it’s much more better to think of yourself as being in the same shoes as the culprit. I’ve heard someone say ‘you have no right to judge someone if you’ve never been in their shoes’.

Do you agree to that? Do you think applying this saying would help you make the right judgement and respond to the victim or culprit in the best possible way? Would it help to effectively correct the wrong, heal the hurt and share in the pain if we all thought ourselves in the same shoes and considered the conditions leading to the outcome? Or are you of the opinion that it doesn’t matter. A wrong is a wrong and should be treated as such without any therapeutic approach or helping effect. Have you also been in a situation where you thought of you being the victim and you were able to make a right judgement which led to beneficial result? I’d like to know your views. It could help someone out there.


Please state your answers in the comment box. I’d like to know what you think.
‘When the Table Turns’ is a poem I wrote three years ago, precisely on the 30th of April, 2016 (thanks to note taking😀) and so it’s 3rd anniversary would be the 30th of this month but I guess it couldn’t wait till then to speak😊.

Anyways, I remember everything about that day; the cloth I wore, where I was sitting and what inspired me to write it. It actually came impromptu. (If you’re interested in the story behind the poem, you can kindly indicate in the comment box)

Feel free to share too. Gracias



12 thoughts on “WHEN THE TABLE TURNS

  1. I would like to know what inspired this poem.
    Why is it that some people are always the victims and others don’t get to be?

    1. Hello Esther
      Thanks for reading🙂
      What inspired the poem? It wasn’t something serious tho. I was actually staying with a friend then, and she reacted to me in a way that wasn’t so good because of something that happened (twas trivial kind of) and then that day, she was in the same situation she’d reacted to me for. At that point, she couldn’t come to me for help. Anyways I learnt from that and I began to write.
      Why some are always the victim and others not? I kind of believe we may all have been victims of this (I may be wrong). You may not necessarily have done wrong but your actions were misinterpreted because of the perspective the other person has of the situation. Does this answer your question?

  2. This is mind blowing and it calls for sober reflection to everyone,notwithstanding, it does not mean we should not correct ct wrong doing, if it help d person concerned. Thanks

      1. Yh… But in my own opinion tho, I don’t think we have to put ourselves in peoples shoe before we can correct the wrong
        I feel we can correct in love without even having a glimpse of one’s problem or what have you
        Just my opinion!

  3. Many of the savage responses people give, as their absolute comments while trying to either sympathize or chastise a fellow who seems to be at their mercy are simply because they never considered themselves being at the mercy of another not sooner or later.

    The truthfulness of your well-descriptive message should be the outlay of every moral-emphasizing conversation.

    When we truly consider the dimension (length, breadth, height & weight) or scope, and the resultant effect of our responses (voiced or voiceless) to people’s misfortune particularly, before we deliver it, our words would rather be palliative.

    While considering the unpredictable dynamics of when the table turns, it’s advisable to allow compassion to permeate our ego when we privileged to sit on the judgment seat for others.

    1. Thank you very much Peace Bakare for this input! You pointed out two things I didnt even think of, ‘our disposition when we are showing ‘mercy’ to others and considering the resultant effect of our responses (voiced or voiceless) to others.
      Thanks for reading too☺️

  4. Humm. It’s really a deep poem which calls 5for sober reflection. Besides, we all have to be really careful about our disposition to others in unpalatable situations especially when we forget in a split second to put ourselves in their shoes before judging them. To think “when the table turns” should guide our actions. Great write up sis!

  5. Nice write Sis

    ‘When the table turns’ hmmm
    Following what triggered your write up, I’d say that it’s better or best not to judge people by their present situations because we don’t know what might happen the next minute


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