Those We Love

They say the world is round – and yet
I often think it’s square,
So many little hurts we get
From corner’s here and there.

But there’s one truth in life I’ve found
While journeying east and west,
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those we love the best

By Langston Hughes