Tag: compassion

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Grandiose, Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

On the Finer Points of the Grandiose

I like to imagine a society
Which would erect such grand monuments
Only after the eradication of

Poverty
Inequity
Subjugation

Though I rather imagine such a society
Would have little interest
In erecting such grand monuments

Perhaps such a society
Would be too busy building
On its commitment to

Love
Compassion
Generosity

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Layers Deep, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Strands in the Rope

We are threaded
All these many layers deep
Strands in the twine
Twine in the rope
Rope in a braid
Sometimes frayed
Sometimes cut
Sometimes broken
Sundered
But always
Knit together again
Our existential naturale

The strands seek the strength
Of numbers
Of diverse fibre
The twist that binds
Knotted to the cleat
That is love
That is compassion
That is empathy
But ever tested
By the pull of anger
Sheared by fear
Sundered by hate
But always
Knit together again
All strands in the rope

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Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain

Mass ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #221

Heavier even than Earth
Yet I soar
A majestic dirigible

Laden with history
And regrets
Lofted by hope
And purpose
Levied by love
And compassion

Most days I carry the weight
Lightly, aloft
Some days I cannot leave the berth
Tethered, grounded

So I touch the Earth
Am grateful for its stability
That I always have a place to land
Rest, and free myself of burdens

Then breathe deeply
Filled and empty
I take to the skies again

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Sunset and Alpen Glow over Jasper, Amber, Violet and Indigo, Jasper Sky Tram, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper Butterfly

Over Jasper
Where sunset meets the alpenglow
Amber mingles with the violet and indigo

Here am I
On the cusp of the sky
While far below
Rivers and life
In endless flow

Reminding myself
Of the importance
Of even one small voice
In the tide of events

Like the butterfly
In Beijing
I flutter
Back down to the valley
Where I ride the flow
Singing
From the depth of my soul