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Poetry Friday: Altruism

If you receive my Peace Partners messages you know that I call December a Month of Giving. I selected this poem in the same spirit for Poetry Friday. I hope you take the time to give of yourself during this month. If you would like to receive Peace Partners messages, send your e-mail address to d.diller@live.com

 

Altruism

By Molly Peacock

What if we got outside ourselves and there
really was an outside out there, not just
our insides turned inside out? What if there
really were a you beyond me, not just
the waves off my own fire, like those waves off
the backyard grill you can see the next yard through,
though not well — just enough to know that off
to the right belongs to someone else, not you.
What if, when we said I love you, there were
a you to love as there is a yard beyond
to walk past the grill and get to? To endure
the endless walk through the self, knowing through a bond
that has no basis (for ourselves are all we know)
is altruism: not giving, but coming to know
someone is there through the wavy vision
of the self’s heat, love become a decision.

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