Requests #5: Poems about Empathy and Advocacy

Shira (a teacher in Philadelphia) asks

Can you write a poem about empathy? Or Advocacy?

I love it. I’m on it. Here’s my first three attempts.



One raindrop
Told another raindrop
“Let’s go visit the ground!”

The second drop
Told the first raindrop
“But it’s so far, far down!”

The first raindrop
Told the second raindrop
“Oh come on, don’t be scared!”

The second drop
Watched the first raindrop
Plunge down, down through the air

The second drop
Told itself, “Raindrop,
Quit being so afraid!

You’re a raindrop!
Rain’s supposed to drop!
You’re a coward if you stay!”

The lonely drop
Cried little drops
Quite sad there on its own

Until a third raindrop
Saw the sad raindrop
And said, “You’re not alone.

I’m another drop
Who’s afraid to drop
So can I stick by you?”

Then more raindrops
Saw the two raindrops
And said, “We’re frightened too!”

And when one drop
Hugged the sad raindrop
Something quite strange did occur

The two raindrops
Became one big drop
And they felt more secure

So other drops
Hugged the new raindrop
They merged and said, “Now whether

We’re many drops
Or one big raindrop
We’ll stay, or go, together.”

One raindrop
That was many drops
Held tightly in a huddle

Finally dropped.

And with other drops

Lived again


(As a puddle)

It’s Easy to Say Nothing

It’s easy to say nothing
It isn’t hard at all
Just close your lips
And keep them zipped
Pretend you are a wall

It’s easy to say nothing
No need to get involved
It seems absurd
To think your words
Will help get problems solved

But then, if you say nothing
I might say nothing too
A shame, because
My voice sure does
More good when it joins you

Down in Front!

Alex Paul
Was quite tall
Went to the
Concert hall

Big and loud
Alex plowed
To the front
Of the crowd

Got a “boo”
From a few
People who
Lost their view

Didn’t care
Just stood there
Didn’t think
It unfair

One girl, she
Couldn’t see
Said “Could you
Switch with me?

Or,” she asked
“Please move back?”
Alex took
Her to task

“Be polite!
I’ve a right
No matter
What my height!

Not my fault
I am tall
Don’t you blame
Me at all”

A beholder
Just told her
“Here, climb
On my shoulder”

So she climbed
Up his spine
(Now her view
Was quite fine)

And nearby
From up high
She saw more
People try

To make stacks
Up on backs
Moved in front
Of Alex

As the pairs
Moved up there
He cried “Hey,
That’s unfair!”

Folks said “You’d
Have this view
If you just
Had friends too.”


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