Compassion is a Beautiful Thing…
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 is a Beautiful Thing…, I searched Google for a definition to share. The synonyms fit perfectly into my preconceived notion for the poem because they not only include love and mercy, each synonym requires action—stirring—on our part to metamorphose the idea of compassion into the reality of compassion.
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?”
Origin Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with.’
May compassion reign in our hearts and hands each day. ~ Bette A. Stevens
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.