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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Friday, March 9, 2012

No Limits

“Every 47 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States."
 
How limited is your compassion?
How can you judge another's worth
as if they were a piece of fashion
How limited is your compassion?
Your love and care you need not ration
The more you give, the less the dearth
How limited is your compassion?
How can you judge another's worth?



18 comments:

Brian Miller said...

great message in this...and def sad stats there...and in how we judge and treat people...

Claudia said...

yep...we have no right to judge...but should spend our energy in helping and being compassionate..a fine piece..

hedgewitch said...

Some people seem to do it effortlessly, however--I always wonder how, too--I guess it's that sociopathic quality of no empathy. Thanks for speaking out, LM.

Helen said...

I feel your essence and spirit in this.
So full of insight ..

Beachanny said...

Nicely incorporated into your triolet. It's an ongoing question and answer internally. Some people seem to be able to dig deeper and help more than others.

Grace said...

A timely and meaningful post ~

I like how you did this in trilot too ~

Semaphore said...

As I've said before, the refrain structure of the triolet lends itself well to aphorisms or, as here, cultural admonitions. Great use of the verse form!

Nara Malone said...

What a wonderful way to use your poetic gift--a message more need to hear.

S.E.Ingraham said...

a fine post and great take on the prompt ... well written too ...

http://thepoet-tree-house.blogspot.com/2012/03/grief-leaves-heart.html

Mary said...

You have asked some good questions here! Strong poem!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Fantastically important topic, thanks for addressing it. HORRIFYING statistics. The repetition is very effective.

Fireblossom said...

Rock the red, baby!

Bryan M. White said...

On a side note: Who wrote that bit on the sidebar about teaching our daughters? I like that.

zongrik said...

not everyone with limited compassion is necessarily judgmental or visa versa.

Hey Monkey Butt said...

very good message here. Never a right to judge anyone.. love it! :)

Other Mary said...

Great job with the triolet, and an important message. Great job!

darev2005 said...

Loved the poem. Hated the reason for it. It's something we should be aware of each and every day, not just once a year, eh?

Peggy said...

Excellent question for sure. Better to spend our lives with compassion than judgement. There is almost always something we could do to help.