Compassion is a virtue — one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism — foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and person-hood.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

the sun is up, it's finally here, open up your eyes
jump right up, excited, you've got a big surprise
today is not a normal day, you made your mom a present
your mom will be so happy, and the day so very pleasant

running down the hallway to the kitchen door
the parents are arguing, as they've done before
special present that you hold, slide behind your back
you listen to them fight, your heart now feels so black

he yells to her you wanted this, he slams it to the floor
you said it could be your present, you wished for nothing more
she said it is my birthday, why do you make me grieve
my brother serves this country, he is home on leave

i need to take a drive with him, i'm sure that you agree
no the mother says to him, sad the girls will be
you said we'd have a party and promised lots of fun
my brother just drove up he says, i hope that we are done

mother was so mad at him she cursed him, then was silent
suddenly she screamed, she raved, then became so violent
mom grabbed the present he had given, a present she'd begged for
she took that prized and wanted blender and threw it out the door

she hit the car, she meant to, she screamed, she cried so hard
a blender for a present, no flower, or a card
to his brother he mumbled, it's nothing to worry about
and while the car was moving, the dad, he jumped right out

he picked up the broken present, from the driveway tar
he placed it on the table, well THAT got you very far
now you have no blender, no present, just a mess
probably embarrassed his brother saw, no less

another birthday ruined, a hole punched through a wall
he went upon his way, didn't hear his daughter call
she gave her mom the picture, she had made at school
the picture hung to hide that hole, the mom was not a fool