COMPASSION by Jeffrey Littrell

some people’s lives
are much like
a nicely tended garden,
with a lot of nurturing
and growing,
arms raised like branches
drawn to the sun

yet some who take a reckless path,
become like withering blooms,
with only the venom within
sustaining them.
desperately, they race against time
spreading like tall fescue
in the damp meadowlands

so, I will take your hand if you have fallen
when others turn away, I will be there
for I have walked the path of the downtrodden
and felt the pain that you’ve been cursed to bear

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About digthroughlife

I am a fifty-three year old poet who also writes fiction. I worked twenty-three years for the USPS, though never enthusiastically. I am a member of French Writers Worldwide and have had several poems published in French and Spanish. I hold strong opinions on music, film, and human rights. Some of my influences are Charles Bukowski, Arthur Rimbaud, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Sylvia Plath, W.B Yeats, Bob Marley, William Blake, and Hunter S. Thompson. I'm an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Oakland Raiders, and Indiana Pacers. I like traveling by car. I enjoy seeing rock and alt-country bands in small venues. I hold a black belt in Taekwondo, but no longer spar due to injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident in 2005. I play acoustic guitar. I love Crown Royal whiskey and California Kush. Women are both the bane of my existence and all that sustains me. I believe strongly in the power of love and heartbreak. View all posts by digthroughlife

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