Tuesday, November 7, 2023


Though it sounds 
as if it is, compassion 
really isn't that big 

of a thing. In fact, 
it's so little, so muted 
and innocuous,

so easy 
to miss, that it's 
difficult to resist. 

It's less a flaming sword 
than the edge
of a knife 

where kinship meets 
up with and annihilates self-

it's that end point 
which knows—like a 
rain blade knows the river;

like the youngest
frail animal knows
where its nest is—

that there's somebody 
out there at this 
very minute

in need of more help 
than they're willing 
to ask for—

or maybe, more help 
than they realize