Compassion

Did you ever see
a mantis praying for its prey,
a lion letting go,
a snake with antivenom tears
or a broker breaking down
     if he have won?

Did you ever see the
sorrow hiding in the shadows on a day
when sky is clear?
Did you ever search below the fronds
to find the soil of corpses underneath?
Did mirrors lie or tell the truth?

How many questions can be asked
     for every answer told?

Today we are doing ekphrastic poetry on pictures by Mary Frances at dVerse Poetics.
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May 21, 2019

18 responses to “Compassion

  1. I love these lines, Bjorn:
    ‘Did you ever see the
    sorrow hiding in the shadows on a day
    when sky is clear?
    Did you ever search below the fronds
    to find the soil of corpses underneath?’

  2. You stand at the pivot point in your poem. There are no answers that remain. Or all answers are yes or no, depending on the moment. Even the worst monster has at least a grain of compassion within them.

  3. You are the Grand Inquisitor tonight; great. These days we need a whole gunny sack full of snakes with antivenom tears.

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