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InnerNet Weekly: Inspirations from
by Rudy Francisco

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2535.jpgShe asks me to kill the spider.
Instead, I get the most
peaceful weapons I can find.

I take a cup and a napkin.
I catch the spider, put it outside
and allow it to walk away.

If I am ever caught in the wrong place
at the wrong time, just being alive
and not bothering anyone,

I hope I am greeted
with the same kind
of mercy.

About the Author: Rudy Francisco is a Spoken Word poet. He uses personal narratives to discuss the politics of race, class, gender and religion while simultaneously pinpointing and reinforcing the interconnected nature of human existence.

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How do you relate to the notion of mercy? Can you share a personal story of a time you experienced mercy? What helps you practice mercy?
Jagdish P Dave wrote: According to my understanding mercy is one the most outstanding spiritual virtues. Mercy is diiferent from fogiveness. When sombody does something wrong to me I forgive that person. I do not counterac…
NAREN KINI wrote: At the outset when I read these lines, my mind started working on it. Just as the word gives power to the one showing it and taking power away from the person receiving it – the very word MERCY like a…
David Doane wrote: Mercy is to be kind or forgiving toward someone whom you could hurt or punish. I’ve experienced mercy many times, both giving it and receiving it. Years ago, a professor could have been harsh and pu…
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