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Compassion in life
Is a beautiful thing

Sharing its beauty
Gives others their wings
Stirring love into each
Little thing that we do
Is sure to help their dreams
And our dreams come true

© Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

Compassion in life is a beautiful thing. But exactly what is compassion? I’ve always thought of compassion as “love in action.” After writing the poem Compassion, I searched Google for a definition to share. The synonyms fit perfectly into my preconceived notion for the poem because they not only included love and mercy, each synonym requires action—stirring—on our part to metamorphose the idea of compassion into the realty of compassion.

May compassion reign in our hearts and hands each day.

~ Bette A. Stevens

Google Search:

noun: compassion; plural noun: compassions

sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

“the victims should be treated with compassion”

synonyms: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity

“have you no compassion for a fellow human being?”

antonyms: indifference, cruelty

Origin Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with.’

Enjoy more of Bette’s poetry in her new collection—MY MAINE, Haiku through the Seasons.

Stevens has released a poetry and photography collection inspired by Maine’s diverse landscape, natural beauty, rural communities, and independent people. The author’s 150 haiku poems, along with her photographs, reflect the Maine she knows and loves. My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons takes readers on a poetic journey through the state’s four distinct seasons. In addition to its poems and photographs, My Maine includes state symbols and interesting facts about The Pine Tree State.

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Comments on: "“COMPASSION” (poem) by Bette A. Stevens" (53)

  1. What a lovely poem and a lovely reminder that we are all capable of compassion and of elevating one another. Have a blessed weekend.

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  2. Bette, a beautiful poem and reflections on compassion. Action and words are the key to help ‘Gives others their wings’. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, my friend ❤️

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  3. my heart deeply touched
    by your expression
    of compassion, Bette 🙂

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  4. A beautiful and meaningful poem, Bette.

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  5. A beautiful poem, Bette. 💕🤗💕

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  6. What a lovely poem. I like poems that rhyme–you do that exquisitely.

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  7. This is wonderful, Bette, and I agree that compassion is love in action. 🙂

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  8. Delightful Bette! May we be more compassionate to every person that crosses our path. ♥
    Bless you dear friend,

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  9. Lovely, Betty, about something this country needs more of right now!

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  10. Gwen M. Plano said:

    Lovely, Bette. Compassion transforms the ordinary into the miraculous. It honors another and recognizes the divine in him or her. Your words are perfect and so beautiful!

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  11. This is beautifully written, Bette. I love your work. A little compassion goes a long way.

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  12. Beautiful, Bette, as always. Thanks so much for sharing these treasures with us. XO

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  13. Really lovely Bette. x

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  14. petespringerauthor said:

    Compassion is one of the most beautiful of all human traits. You picked an excellent subject, Bette.

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  15. A lovely reflection on compassion, Bette! Much needed in our world today.

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  16. Compassion is the missing ingredient in our world these days. May we all give it and receive it!

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  17. What a beautiful heartfelt poem, Bette! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Beautiful poem, Bette. By the way, I loved My Maine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. A lovely poem, full of meaning just like the word, compassion.

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  20. A beautiful poem and a timely reminder of something the world can never have in excess!

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  21. Beautiful poem, Bette and we so need more compassion in the world.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful Bette. I hope compassion spreads as easily as fear.

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  23. Lovely thoughts Bette. Compassion may seem a little act but traverses a long distance to create loving hearts. Thank you for sharing its value. Have a wonderful week.

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  24. This is a beautiful poem, Bette. I’ve just purchased a Kindle copy of the book. Best of luck with everything. Reblogged on: https://harmonykent.co.uk/compassion-poem-by-bette-a-stevens/


  25. Another beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

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