Dogs 2010

MERCY
(12/8/10)


do not
expect
the next person
standing over us
with a fist
knife
or gun
to spare
our lives

we must
fuel our fight
with every
fear
that we
possess

do not
expect
the next person
we stand over
in anger
to go silently
due our
wrath

we may
be more
at risk
than we
assume

when
we live
as neither
victim
nor aggressor
true compassion
can begin

putting
ourselves
in a place
of humility
allows us to live
among others
at peace