Mary Havran

Rookie (1950 / Ohio)

Apology For Empathy - Poem by Mary Havran

How shall I apologize for such, my indiscretions?
Overwhelmed as I often find myself
accomplice to my imperfections
Yes, I confess
my tendency to leap before I look
and nonetheless
with indifference
some hasty bounds I took
I am at times a willing slave
to my own emotions (cruel masters, some profess)
Jumping to such commands as these gave
heedless of consequence recklessness draws thence

Shall I protest, pleading some innocence
owing to personal failing
or being raised by chance
subject to humanity's entrance
prone to incense at others’ misfortunate wailing
Though advised to place restrain
on my affinity for the underling
somehow I deign allow empathy free reign
over so many an undertaking

So drag me off to dungeon deep
or whip me beyond mercy
By this, my sin, may some angels weep
my shame displayed that others see
Fear not to make, of me, such sample
proving where end, for action, meets amend
My humiliation might stand as an example

Yet I would do it all again
without hesitating for even a minute
I would intervene at another creature’s pain
were none save a like remorseful accede
the only result, for me, there in it
Yea, though discretion, over valor, indeed
may prove the better part
let it never transpire I choose such need
over acting from my heart

Comments about Apology For Empathy by Mary Havran

  • (2/7/2008 1:20:00 PM)

    I'm not all that great at leaving comments but this one I can see within myself as something I myself have been through so to that I say thank you for putting into words what so many have tried and failed at before. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/2/2008 9:05:00 AM)

    competent and confident... also touching. (Report) Reply

  • Dorothy- A. Holmes (1/26/2008 4:51:00 PM)

    Dear Mary,

    Whispers from your heart and so lovely...! You made me smile and there is joy in giving...

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  • (1/26/2008 9:19:00 AM)

    For some reason I can really relate to this piece. But i'm just not sure how.... lol Great write Mary. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2008 11:38:00 AM)

    i love this poem its great expression of self and trust me no apologies needed (Report) Reply

  • (1/22/2008 3:33:00 AM)

    I think many of your readers will find reading this like looking in the mirror (except of course that you pen it better) .... and no apologies needed. t x (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2008 1:17:00 PM)

    Dear Mary

    When we are acting out of kindness and from the heart, No apology is needed fortrying to be at our best

    Do good for others and do not drag yourself down for it, not for a moment

    Love duncan X
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  • (1/20/2008 5:31:00 PM)

    Compassion penned with compassion and gentle irony. Your love of language is strongly evident in your work. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2008 10:08:00 AM)

    No apology needed when you are true to you heart. Well written. (Report) Reply

  • (1/20/2008 9:58:00 AM)

    a delight to read. -shannon (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2008 10:35:00 AM)

    very good poem.thanks............ (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2008 1:59:00 PM)

    Mary, what a great piece of writing this is. Loved every line.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 18, 2008

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