Compassion is not just
wearing another’s shoes
but filling yourself into
their cavities;

in front of their spine
and up to their shoulders
so when they curl up to sleep
you have felt the weight they bear.

Then you must travel
through their most vulnerable cords
until you reach the space
between their eyes.

From here you see
through their colored irises,
their friends and their papers
wrought with words,

But still this is not enough.
A human is more than what you see…

to understand how a man thinks
remember what he sees,
recall the weight he bears,
and follow his hands.

Despite the length of a man’s arms
his hands are one thought away
from another’s words.
Hands are how

a man changes his world.
So mind another’s shoulders
and be kind to his back,
to his eyes and his arms.

how can you mock another
until you have become them?
who can you pick on?




11 thoughts on “thinking

  1. Wow, great thinking in digital format… ‘filling yourself into their cavities’ – what an apt description of what it takes to know how another person experiences the world around them…well-said!

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