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A Haiku - Compassion

Updated on September 11, 2014

What does God see as the beauty of His creation?

While we enjoy the beauty of this world, what can we add to it?
While we enjoy the beauty of this world, what can we add to it? | Source

Eyes to see, ears to hear, and love to share....

Who didn't I see,

That my Lord would surely see?

What might I have done?

Who didn't I hear,

Whose silent pleas he would hear?

How might I have known?

What elder was there,

Longing for me to stop then,

To smile and to chat?

Who was there lonely,

Burdened with too many cares?

He would have known them.

Compassion he had,

That one I call Savior, Lord..

"Follow me", he said.

Have I done so now,

With all my means and powers?

What haven't I learned?

Terrorists share tea;

Devoted to broken rules.

What do I practice?

Whose side is to win?

Teachers of hate or of love?

Love unexpressed can't.

"Love thine enemies."

As hard as that is, he did.

Teach me to love all.


Spiritual exercise takes practice.

"Practice makes perfect." One could practice compassion all day, every day, always. A more perfect world, perhaps. A more perfect me? Practice and I will see.

If I am not practicing compassion, what am I practicing?

For physical exercise people go to gymnasiums.

For compassion exercise I can go to a hospital, an assisted living care center, a hospice, a prison, a school, a church, or a neighbor.

Persons needing my compassion are already gathered there and waiting.

They don't know I am coming, but they are praying that someone will.

Am I the reluctant pupil of my Master teacher?

What worldwork have I already been assigned for today?

Will I complete today's worldwork, and rest easy tonight, looking forward to tomorrow?

Or will I self-indulge today, and fall a day behind?

Someone rightly said, "It's not where you have been. It's where you are going that counts."

If I wore Compassion Meters as some wear phylacteries, would I remember why they are there?

Do I aspire to stand at the head of my Master's class, or will I settle for merely having attended, an observer only?

Only what I choose to practice will show my real intent.


Lined up and waiting....for what?

Waiting for what?  Spending for what?  Exercising what?
Waiting for what? Spending for what? Exercising what? | Source

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Note: This is one of several Haiku whose titles begin with "A Haiku - .......... ." Enjoy them here on HubPages. Some will bring a chuckle, others may make you think. It is the author's hope that this one did.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - May I say that you are so wrong? She has an eternal "mate" who loves, cares, and sacrificed for her, and will eternally. He is the same Lord we share.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your messages are so true. I know someone that you speak about, and all she does is toil, giver the love in her heart, yet she has no one for a mate to appreciate her.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      PegCole17 - I am a weekly companion for five and a hospice companion for four, and headed 2,300 miles to be with my mother who is nearly 105 and a half Each month I have the calling to visit six additional members who are from my church to offer help as needed. So I have the opportunity to learn and practice compassionate caring. My sister and niece have provided that same compassionate caring for my mother who, thanks to them and almost daily phone calls, has enjoyed these extra years in her own home with a large extended family who love her too, and communicate often. My wife's family expresses the same love and caring throughout her family, so that we are doubly blest. How sweet life has been to have such relationships.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Perspycacious. How timely it is for me to find this. Since early February I've been spending time daily at hospitals and Nursing Facilities. We can always look around and find reasons for which to be grateful. Thanks for this beautiful reminder of the need for compassion in our lives.

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      Perspycacious 3 years ago

      Compassion is not a unique teaching of Christianity. Add a comment as to how important compassion is in your own set of beliefs and what practicing compassion brings to your own life.