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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



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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