As the genie once remarked
The question’s more important than the reply
So think carefully before you ask
As the response may change your life
Provide a revelation
Or a Pandora’s box of woe
Think carefully about the question
Before you have a go!
Of course it depends on the situation
On the empathy or the vibe
Maybe a stand-off confrontation
Inviting a rebuke or a jibe.
Conversation can be soothing
Mutually beneficial and improving
Or in some cases daunting
Even harassing or haunting.
No wonder some are stuck for words
When confronted by a stranger
Or maybe not even a stranger
But a strange situation where they perceive some danger.
So if I choose my words perhaps too carefully
Or appear to you too shy
It’s not that I don’t respect or like you
In fact it’s just because I do
That makes me want to try
To get to know you better, to make you like me too.
Or maybe the question’s really important to me
But I’m not sure how you’ll reply
Am I up for a truthful answer?
Or will you spare my feelings with a lie?
“Think carefully before you ask the question”
That’s what the Genie said
The answer may not be
The one you’re entertaining in your head.
And you’ll end up wishing you were somewhere else
Or wishing you were dead
It’s good to put it out there
To take a leap of faith
Yes sometimes feelings may get hurt
You can’t always play it safe.
So here’s a bit of advice
Make of it what you will
Don’t keep the Genie in the bottle
Or you will never know
Put the pedal to the metal
Open up the throttle
Get some guts and pull the cork out
Go on and have a go!