Mercy is a weird thing.

Updated: Jan 8, 2021


 

Mercy is a weird thing.

A field once

Had no crop

A home once

Had no food

A thought once

Had no drive

A world once

Did mostly cry

A food once

Had no taste

A war once

Killed every fighter

A room once

Had no light

Mercy

An unusual theme

Does what the world rarely does


Helps the hopeless,

By giving

All of itself,

For the field of an enemy

For the home that is haunting

For the thought that is saddening

For a world that is hating

For a food that is poison

For a war that is damning

For a room that is empty.


All mercy sees

Is someone in need.

That’s really

All there ever is.

 

©2020 by Ayo Okikiolu.

 

Context:

We're pretty good at taking offense. Not so good at having mercy...

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