A Quest for Compassion

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When the powerful gather and circle their wagons to reshape the narrative in pursuit of their own desires,

How do you respond?

Are you rendered powerless?

Do you become passive and accepting?

Do you fall into deep despair?

Or do you rise up in anger?

Are you fueled by fury?

Flushed with frustration?

Or do you seek a third way?

Where is your compelling counter-narrative?

The heavy dose of compassion?

  The goal of sustained transformation? 

The answers are elusive

But not impossible

They lie not in the hatred

or disdain

or deliberate hurt

 of the other

But in our ability to meet at the crossroads

And arrive at an understanding

A cognizant contemplation of the far-reaching consequences

Born of our self-righteous and selfish actions

 

Day 7. This poem would not be possible if not for the inspiration of a morning walk. I listened to two podcasts by Rob Bell. He surely gave me some of the words today, most especially “the coherent counter-narrative”.  I am grateful always for his calming, wise and humorous perspective! Thank you also to Emily with whom I spoke at length yesterday in a small moment of despair. Among other things, she mentioned Sally Kohn and her TedTalk on emotional correctness. I watched it and am sharing it with you as well.

 

Vanishing Point

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Turning courses

Letting you loose and letting you go

in an effort for you to experience the errors of your ways

 Still, you remain hell-bent

Blind to the consequences of your actions

You pursue destruction, not reconciliation

Unshakable in your pursuit

Committed only to yourself

When you should be heeding the call

of the beggars at your gate

Your house is full of riches

but your heart remains poor

Hardened by unending greed

You seek to punish others for your own misdeeds

Destined to live in long lasting exile

 

Day 25. This post was inspired by a chapter in a book I’m reading, “Love Wins”,  by Rob Bell.  I want to express my gratitude to him for giving me the words for this poem today. He’s a dynamic writer about faith, and as I understand it, an even more dynamic speaker. Looking forward to seeing him in May!