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How Do I Empathize With Thee

Compassion shows
In many ways,
Besides a rose
On dreary days.

The clowning jest,
The shoulder nudge,
Sometimes, whatís best:
Refuse to judge.

To just be there,
Instructions too,
Though nice if rare.
Opposed? Whatís new?

Supply a need
Timely repair,
Give special heed
And interests share.

A challenge thrown out
To heighten drive,
Divert from pout,
Urge grit alive.

To be received
Requires trust,
Intentions kind,
Believe a must.

With open eyes,
On trying days,
Cherish compassionís
Many ways.

©02/25/2011 Carol Morfitt
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