Tread Lightly

You can’t use other people as vessels

for your own wandering soul,

You can’t hold another’s heart hostage

while you try to repair your own,

It doesn’t work like that

and you know it,

This isn’t a game that you get to step into and pause and exit when you’re done,

Don’t shoot another down

to draw blood from their pumping veins,

Don’t you even try,

to suck the marrow

and dissolve of all the bones,

Your toxic-waste voyage

flooding through the high seas of your relentless will

are of no one’s concern but your own,

So don’t go about hunting another vessel

of which to call home

2 thoughts on “Tread Lightly

  1. elizabeth hodson

    It is an interesting mix almost of some of the science fiction stuff I’m reading although I know that is not the poem’s intention. It is still so intense. I guess there’s little poetry about happiness other than like examples of Gerard Manley Hopkins which is really giving thanks and celebrating beauty. Any of that in your soul? Glorious sunsets but who can you thank? xxxxxxxxxxxxx


  2. Stephen Hodson

    Chlo, whilst this isn’t exactly what you’re saying, it’s related. This quote is about people not blaming others for their own shortcomings. In short: ‘Don’t blame the lettuce’ (Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

    “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look into the reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”


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