Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Compassion is hard

“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

that face haunts me
etched with pain
dried and wrinkled
from too much booze
and too many nights on the streets

that face haunts me
angry and entrenched
with eyes that burn

that face haunts me
confused and afraid
eyes darting
seeking a love no longer here

we see the faces
and hear the words of pain and anguish

it is palpable
that pain
written in their bodies

and we so do not want to go there
into that place
into that pain or anguish

we do not want to join
our brother or sister there

yet we cannot heal from affair
we can not transform
without touch

compassion is hard

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