Spirit tells me that compassion flows
When it does, as a pressure gradient,
In response to a recognition of
Suffering, as that suffering flows
Back to us, to be relieved by
The compassion that we send
To those for whom we care for,
When we recognize their pain.
We may pity the plight of whomever,
And be thankful that we do not share
Their pain. but, claims Spirit,
When we feel compassion, we
Not only recognize the pain,
We feel it as we would our own.
Rules can teach us, or try to,
To feel pity for people or animals,
In distress, but, only personal
Experience can teach us
Compassion. It is
A precious gift we give, and in
The giving, we share a common
Bond. Compassion expresses
Awareness of having suffered, and
We share that experience with those
For whom we feel compassion.
Why do we feel compassion? We
Know the pain and, perhaps we
Suffered more than the one for
Whom we feel compassion, because
Perhaps we suffered alone, and
Could not Wish that pain
On those we care for, whether
We know them or not.