You will not understand me,
not when I touch your face and say
I still love you,
Compassion is not the same
as law or even vow.
It is the movement
of the hunter downing the deer,
incorporating that flesh into his own,
so when he stands in the deep cedar swamp
surrounded by the carcasses of animals that
starved in the savage winter,
his green eyes shade into brown.
Do you want to know the action of God?
Take this breath in, breathe it out.
And see every created thing
breathing with you,
the great Yes and No
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