“Painted, but not forgotten Repentance” The Sunday Whirl #90

Compassion is instinctively
unrigid: a soft breath in circular motions,
an attentive listener with fine feathery
edges, a smooth touch; accommodating,
it tends pleasure’s gift.

Not a tumultuous tree’s leaf breaking in
bitterness or a clustered
conversation that doesn’t
generate warmth; where form–frozen
clarity strikes interior memories
awakening words, ungiddy meanings
within egos of self–venture
practised perfectly
in gratuitous step.

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18 responses to ““Painted, but not forgotten Repentance” The Sunday Whirl #90

  1. Great definition of compassion… something we should all practice more often…

  2. smiles…yes, compassion is like that…not forcing its way but being there in ways needed….

  3. oh compassion! You pained a lovely, soft picture with your words.

  4. Pamela- these words fall into my heart with perfect timing.

  5. I love the description of compassion in the first stanza. I can see her.

  6. I like the way you have woven this around compassion – a great emotion.

  7. A nice touch – the wordle words manage to lose themselves in the poem!

  8. Lovely. The second line is so soothing….

  9. I am thinking about compassion being unrigid…I so agree with you, Pamela. A person of compassion definitely cannot be rigid in his/her beliefs. Rigidity is the opposite of compassion in many ways..

    Thinking of a clustered conversation that doesn’t generate warmth, I picture a gossipy group of people sitting in a circle and talking about people who are outside the circle.

    So much to think about within your poem! Happy Sunday to you.

  10. I love the images and ideas, especially in the first stanza. Lovely.

  11. “Not a tumultuous tree’s leaf breaking in
    bitterness or a clustered
    conversation that doesn’t
    generate warmth;”

    Oh my, this is rich. This speaking of what something is not, in order to understand what it is. This is a salve for the aching heart. Thanks.

  12. You have some really deep descriptions of the world itself and its visually of your words are abstractically good. 🙂

  13. Love your definition of compassion, you bring the word to life in feeling and meaning with your images. Then shows us what it is not. Those opening lines are spectacular, Pamela,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/living-lesson/

  14. I like the soft feel and flow through this, well done. (like the “awakening words” bit too! 🙂 )

  15. Compassion is an involvement with passion for the unkind. There has to be benevolence in wanting to contribute and assist. Your definition rings out loud, Pam!

    Hank

  16. A cryptic way of writing compassion. Painterly maybe.

  17. Wisdom from within. Beautiful.

  18. So very beautiful!

I appreciate all comments.

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