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Suffering's Call

Updated on March 20, 2011

Suffering's Call

It is quite arrogant of me
to dare give voice or thought or chi
to self-absorbed and selfish whim
in the face of suffering grim.

It matters not my little yen...
'tis time to seek beyond my zen
and turn my heart to yonder woe
where earth doth shift and tides doth flow.

Unspeakable is the pain and loss
that does our brothers now emboss...
what touches him yet touches all,
let each respond to suffering's call.

Offer what is each to give,
from each a heart that beats to live,
Let prayer or coin or loving word
be the only offering heard.

It is quite arrogant, you see,
to dare give voice or thought or chi
to self-absorbed and selfish whim
in the face of suffering grim.

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    • Fossillady profile image


      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Outstanding and compassionate tndrhrt, you lived up to your name with this one! I am praying everyday for our brothers and sisters in Japan! Bless you for keeping us reminded in such a beautiful way!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      I so feel for the Japanese people...there but for the Grace of God go we...Lots of love to you!

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ......very moving and very touching - you really know how to tug at my heartstrings - another trademark of a great writer -

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Spirit Whisperer, Yes I see your point. My heart goes out to them, for sure but it has surely made me re-think my thinking and words...Hugs!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I lived in Japan for nearly ten years of my life and have many friends there. It is heart breaking to hear what they are going through but as always I advocate focussing on the light. As a nation the Japanese can attract more devastation by dwelling on the negative or they can use the power of thought to save their great nation. We can choose to think of them as a resilient and very resourceful nation who understand the power of thought and in doing so we add to the positive energy.Thank you for your hub to raise peoples' awareness of Japan's challenge.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Hugs to you. My Friend, Ruby Dear! Thank you! My heart grieves for Japan, and I wish I knew how to help in some small way! Minding my thoughts and words and embracing gratitude for my blessings out of nothing more than respect is the least I can do!~Blessings~

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Marsha, This is so magnificent. Your use of language is astounding. I want to say that this is your best, but all of your poetry is so good, it's difficult to choose. Thank you for sharing every day. God surely blesses you.

      Smiles and Hugs

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you, Ms tumblin! hugs to you as well!

      Eiddwen, thank you! I so appreciate your read and comment!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      7 years ago from Wales

      Sensitive and clever.

      Thanks for sharing and take care


    • tumblintumblweed profile image


      7 years ago

      Well said,Ms Tnder...voted Beautiful! Hugs to ya'

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      bb, Thank you for your sensitive response. I have been pondering that all day...wondering how someone like me could help in some way...I am open to any ideas. In the meantime, I pray every time I think of them and what they are enduring, which is often during my day...

    • bbnix profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California

      I so love the Japanese people and their exquisitely beautiful culture.

      Appropriately, your equally exquisite writing seems to serve that notion well, although I can't help thinking I wish your words could reach them. Is there any way to send them our words of support, a blog or forum perhaps, aside, obviously, any financial help we can send them to help them rebuild?

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      kirutaye, thank you! I appreciate your read and comment!

      mckbirdbks, thank you, also, for your read and lovely comment

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      This displays grace and charm, brilliantly.

    • kirutaye profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      It is difficult to give voice to selfish whims, when others are suffering. You have captured the mood beautifully as usual. Thank you for sharing. :o))

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      WillStarr, thank you. I so appreciate your comment as always! Hugs!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      acaetnna, many thanks! Hugs!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      bella, thank you! I read Ben's piece about Japan and it made my heart hurt, It was so poignant and true...I have no right to whine about anything! Perhaps I wrote this one as a message to me! Hugs!

    • WillStarr profile image


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done and timely.

    • acaetnna profile image


      7 years ago from Guildford

      A great poem. I know that not a moment goes by without me thinking of those poor people and how they are suffering. They certainly continually feature in my prayers. Thanks for reminding us Tnderhrt.

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Very Nice Tnder! Prayers are being extended indeed!

      winks >_<



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