If you stood in my place and I in yours,
The things we each want most would be so clear.
This quarrel would turn out to have no cause:
We’d learn and understand each other’s fears.
I wouldn’t need to crumple, sob and shake;
Embarrass you with symptoms of distress:
You’d understand the points I want to make;
You’d feel the hurt I struggle to express.
And I, in turn, would save you all the sweat
Of patiently explaining, yet again,
Why logically, you’re much the better bet
And have been since the wretched fight began.
Why don’t we simply swap our points of view?
Can’t you inhabit me? and I’ll try you.
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