“Compassion” by Miller and Lucinda Williams

Tonight I want to share a poem that a friend of mine shared with me today. This comes the poet, Miller Williams, who died on New Year’s Day of this year at the age of 84. Miller is the father of Lucinda Williams, the singer/songwriter and this particular poem inspired her new album. I saw Lucinda Williams about a month ago at the Troubadour and she sang the song she wrote based on her father’s poem.

Compassion

Have compassion for everyone you meet,

even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,

bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign

of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.

You do not know what wars are going on

down there where the spirit meets the bone.

Here is Lucinda singing a song based on her father’s poem.

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