What is better than living with passion?
No guesses? Okay, I’ll tell you – it is living with compassion
What is this big word ‘compassion’ – do you even know it?
It’s nothing but respect and kindness for all; not only in your mind – better if you actually show it…
Compassion for fellow humans, whoever they are
Age, gender, colour, race, social status – no bar
And for all other living creatures – animals, birds, even trees
Lions, crocodiles, dogs, pigeons, ducks, spiders and even bees…
Compassion cannot be sold, nor borrowed, nor bought
It is just simple acts of kindness or even a caring thought
-when you don’t kill a fox to make yourself a fur coat and pants
Or always watch your step so you don’t step on a snail or an ant
-when you feel the hunger of a poor child and give him food
Or when you see your grandma sad and do something to uplift her mood
-when you smile at and thank the watchman or maid for no reason
Or cover a shivering puppy with a blanket in the winter season
When you help a confused old woman to cross a busy street
Or buy a cold drink for a labourer who’s been working in the heat
-when you shed a tear for a homeless man
Or spend an evening with a sick friend even if it means you had to change your plan
-when you help Mom lift heavy shopping bags and clear the table after a meal
Or when you see Dad looking tensed, you snuggle up to him and say “Dad, I know how you feel…”
All of the above is compassion; yes it’s just simply that!
See, anyone can do it; you don’t need to be a diplomat…
In fact, you can do it from just about anywhere
Whether at school, at home, on the road, or an office chair
Compassion is just a feeling; it’s not rocket science or art…
But it must come from the heart to reach the heart.
Written by – ARMAAN KHETANI, The Somaiya School, Grade 5D
This poem was presented at ‘The Quality of Mercy’ children’s programme at Kitab Khana on October 7, 2018, coordinated by Rati Dady Wadia with Katie Bagli. The event was part of the seventh 100 Thousand Poets for Change Mumbai festival, curated by Menka Shivdasani.