Ruth White


Compassion? - Poem by Ruth White

What's the meaning of compassion? I've heard that word before.
I think it means to love, to protect, and also to adore.
I have felt compassion, those who love me give me plenty.
So I try to show some back, but I always appear empty.
What is the difference between their show of love and mine?
Are my ears both deaf and so my eyes both blind?
Why can't I show love the way that they do?
Is it because I say my words all rough and cruel?
I try to speak from the heart, but it comes from the mind.
They often leave battle wounds for they are never kind.
“Toughen up! ” is a phrase I do often say.
And I use it throughout the whole living day.
I pray for guidance, but it has yet to come.
I often feel left out and so I feel lonesome.
What if I came out and then straight forwardly asked for help?
Would anyone come to my aid? Or would I be felt to yelp?
Until I can give compassion, of that everyone does desire.
My words will act like bullets coming from a gunfire.
And I would like to say sorry for the harsh words I spit in your eye.
But I can't, because that would undoubtedly be a straight up lie.

Topic(s) of this poem: social skills

Form: Free Verse


Comments about Compassion? by Ruth White

  • Chinedu Dike (10/14/2015 7:16:00 AM)


    Good train of thought, well articulated and nicely penned with insight. A lovely piece of poetry with beautiful rhyme scheme. The measure of civilized behaviour is compassion. Thanks for sharing Ruth. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/21/2015 12:20:00 AM)


    The poem is the reflection of your thoughts. There is no single way to express compassion. Every one has a unique personality and so is his behavior pattern. The pearl like beautiful words about compassion will ensure that love, protection and adoration will soon set in and show without any pretensions. Thanks.
    My words will act like bullets coming from a gunfire.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 20, 2015



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