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

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À votre bon coeur

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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

You

Or your act

A total absence of

Kindness in thought

And deed

Caring requires

Compassion

Not a quick fix

For a guilty

Conscience

Or is it all for

Show?

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Bisous,

Léa