À votre bon coeur

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  

–  Dalai Lama


“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”   –  Lao Tzu


“Compassion is the basis of morality.”   –  Arthur Schopenhauer


À votre bon coeur


Because it is that season

You toss small coins

Into the open palm

Careful not to touch

Even more cautions

Eye contact not made

You who have so much

Fling a pittance at

The starving man,

Woman with child

Coat threadbare

Congratulate yourself on

Your generosity

“If only they would get a job”

Yet by definition

There is nothing charitable in


Or your act

A total absence of

Kindness in thought

And deed

Caring requires


Not a quick fix

For a guilty


Or is it all for





About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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4 Responses to À votre bon coeur

  1. Oh I love this Lea ! And so absolutely brilliantly expressed too.

    The quotes are excellent too. I have come across the first one twice recently and made a note of it, because its that simple! People write reams about this and this quote says it all! There is no need for lengthy explanations/essays/diacussion. This is all it is. Why is it so difficult for people to put into practice?

    I am on my soap box, please excuse me while I get down!
    I can go on a bit!! 🙂

    Love xx

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