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Empathic Compassion

Have you ever held a baby in your arms and just looked at them?

Not even 5 months old and they look at you with those eyes

And you make sounds or words and see them do their baby smile

Sometimes if you keep trying you just might hear their baby laugh

It’s hard to describe those moments but simply pure happiness

As I hold this baby in my arms seeing them in glee I can’t help but wonder

I wonder about the other little ones out there in the world who aren’t smiling

The ones who are being left to cry while their caregiver gives no cares

The ones who are hurt by monsters worse than the ones in children’s books

There are those being abandoned in places with hope someone finds them

How could anyone harm such defenseless little beings? Why do they do this?

And then I think of the parents who are not smiling for a different reason

Parents who are told that their infant will never see them or anything else

Mothers who find out their child won’t be able to hear them say their name

Fathers who discover something different physically or mentally in their baby

There are even parents who only see their child briefly before life says no more

All of these and more I can feel as if I’m right beside them going through it

The pain, the joy, the anxiety, the wonder, the hope that comes with being a parent

As I gaze at this baby in front of me I notice that smile again beam at me

And I can’t help but wish the best for him and all the other infants out there

Because there will be some who get picked on in school, and others will cry

Some will fall into the wrong kind of crowds which you hope yours never finds

A few might get into fights or might fall into peer pressure to be who they’re not

It’s hard to tell what they’ll become as you look at their smile and hear that laugh

If only I could be there to help all the little ones who are struggling in this world

The ones fighting for their lives, the ones who won’t see or walk, the ones forgotten

But I can’t yet there are others out there who have the same compassion as I to be there

Even though this baby that I hold is not of my own, rest assured I will be there for them

And if the day comes when it is my turn, and I see their little smile and hear their laugh

I will whisper to them “I will never abandon you, I will never stop loving you”. . .

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