Compassion's true heart
pursues friend and foe alike
is open to the common
experience of life

Is any one of us
born with the desire
to be hurtful and hateful
or is it foist upon us
in no uncertain measure
thru life's hard lessons

we do not get to choose
our parents
their parents
or theirs
sins of the fathers
visited upon seven generations
but we can be the ones
who turn back tides,
then gentle the seas

all it takes
is looking into others
seeing yourself
and embracing you

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