Saturday, March 23, 2013


for Karen Armstrong

     Compassion does not ask you to believe,
     But feel another’s pain with empathy
     Then act in such a way as to relieve
     That anguish, just as you would wish to be.
     No faith, no doctrine, no restrictive creed,
     Just common personal experience
     That lets you recognize another’s need
     Will prompt the charity you should dispense.
     And yet belief, when rightly understood,
     At root means loving, prizing, holding dear;
     A creed is a commitment to do good
     And knowing this, what’s right to do comes clear:
         Do unto others as you’d have them do,
         If you were in their circumstance, to you.