to have empathy

is to be mocked –
after all
how can one care
without recompense
the coins dancing like strippers
across a wet table top
how can one care
without a control
a quick jerk on the reins
a provided purpose
to explain a kindness
as other than kindness
how can one care
without reason
syllogisms embedded in the earth
easy for even the blind to read
obviously to protect us
from the fear beyond
the tangled wire
panting like jackals
breaking marrow bones
at the end
of every outstretched hand

(August 4, 2014)

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