‘Opinions and Advice’ by Alan Jankowski The Society March 15, 2013 Poetry 4 Comments People always offer opinions and advice, As to what you should or shouldn’t do, Though they can barely manage themselves, They seem to know what’s best for you. An old friend offers relationship advice, As he talks about his latest divorce, He always blames his latest ex-wife, And I just nod and say “But, of course.” Another friend offers financial advice, Talking stocks and bonds on the phone, I’d probably take him a bit more seriously, If he hadn’t called to ask for a loan. A neighbor cornered me the other day, Bragging about her new diet, If she wasn’t still 400 pounds herself, Perhaps I would like to try it. Another comes over to share with me, Their latest sure-fire scheme to get rich, It’ll be something totally different next week, And they’ll be back with a whole new pitch. Whether who to vote for, or what to wear, Or to what church I really should go, Where I should live, or what I should eat, They always act like they know. It’s amazing how people see problems in others, Without knowing that much about me, But somehow the problems in their own lives, Are something they can’t really see. 07-14-12c. Alan W. Jankowski is the award winning author of well over one hundred short stories, plays and poems. His stories have been published online, and in various journals including Oysters & Chocolate, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, eFiction Magazine, Zouch, The Rusty Nail, and a few others he can’t remember at the moment. His poetry has more recently become popular, and his 9-11 Tribute poem was used extensively in ceremonies during the tenth anniversary of this tragic event. When he is not writing, which is not often, his hobbies include music and camera collecting. He currently resides in New Jersey. He always appreciates feedback of any kind on his work, and can be reached by e-mail at: Exakta66@gmail.com NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses James Ph. Kotsybar March 15, 2013 “But, of course.” … can’t help but smile at the truth in this. Reply Dellani Oakes March 16, 2013 Love it! So true about the advice. One must consider the source of the advice before taking it seriously. Reply 'just bill' March 16, 2013 i like this Alan . . .well done Reply Gillian Williams June 3, 2013 I love it! I think we can all identify with this whether it was done to us or whether we do it to others 🙂 I am a budding poet myself and I love these kinds of real life, not-unfathomable poems. Thank you 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.