Taken from “You have a minute, Lord” by David Kossoff.
“You have a minute, Lord?
Lord, this may be a bit trivial-sounding,
But, if you have a minute,
I’ll come straight to the point; no messing about.
I’m too touchy, Lord.
Too touchy by half.
I see slights and offence where none are meant.
I hear ‘tones’ in what people say –
“it’s not what was said but how,” and all that rubbish.
Now, Lord, it occurs to me
That being touchy is sort of thinking that
you (not You, me) ought to be treated in some special way.
To allow for the hearing tones and all that.
Which is surely bad, Lord? A sort of sin.
One of the seven or so deadliest.
Or is it the exact opposite?
A feeling of unsureness?
Oversensitivity, inferiority, immaturity?
Either way, it is difficult for people to
Be easy with you (not You, me).
Which is difficult, Lord, for all parties.
And certainly for all parties at parties.
That’s if I ever get invited.
It may be, Lord, that I’m not imagining things
(here I go again – honestly, I’m a pain),
That there are tones and nastiness and slights.
After all, I take up a tone.
I am nasty, I am hurtful.
If I’m right, Lord, let it not affect me so much.
You see, Lord (try to follow this),
I really don’t want to do unto others
as I imagine they are doing unto me.
Give it a moment, Lord? At Your earliest?