To Know All Is To Forgive All

If we truly knew a person, we would understand more, forgive more, and friendships would be stronger. Each one of us has a story, a history that results in how we are today; our story impacts our decisions, how we react, our relationships, and the type of person we are.

Nixon Waterman has expressed his thoughts about truly knowing a person would result in truly forgiving a person in this short poem.

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To Know All Is To Forgive All
by Nixon Waterman


If I knew you and you knew me, -
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine
The meaning of your heart and mine,
I'm sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hand in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree
If I knew you and you knew me.

If I knew you and you knew me,
As each one knows his own self, we
Would look each other in the face
And see therein a truer grace.
Life has so many hidden woes,
So many thorns for every rose;
The "why" of things in our hearts would see,
If I knew you and you knew me.

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Our Dark-Day Friends
by Nixon Waterman


Our dark-day friends! Ah, how we prize
The steadfast hearts who, when our skies
Take on a dull and leaden hue,
Like glints of sun come smiling through
With summer in their words and eyes!

Sweet is adversity that tries
The strength on which the heart relies
And brings to us the faithful few, -
Our dark-day friends.

When skies are all a perfect blue
And wealth and happiness pursue,
Ah, one must be extremely wise
Who can detect the world's disguise!
The storm, alone, can bring to view
Our dark-day friends.


Once In A While
by Nixon Waterman


Once in a while the sun shines out,
And the arching skies are a perfect blue;
Once in a while mid clouds of doubt
Hope's brightest stars come peeping through.
Our paths lead down by the meadows fair,
Where the sweetest blossoms nod and smile.
And we lay aside our cross of care
Once in a while.

Once in a while within our own
We clasp the hand of a steadfast friend;
Once in a while we hear a tone
Of love with the heart's own voice to blend;
And the dearest of all our dreams come true,
And on life's way is a golden mile;
Each thirsting flower is kissed with dew
Once in a while.

Once in a while in the desert sand
We find a spot of the fairest green;
Once in a while from where we stand
The hills of Paradise are seen;
And a perfect joy in our hearts we hold,
A joy that the world cannot defile;
We trade earth's dross for the purest gold
Once in a while.


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