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Poem: "Manifest Concern" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Manifest Concern"

This poem came out of the April 16, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from siliconshaman.  It also fills the #12 Manifest slot in the Rainbowfic Sunlight list.  It has been sponsored by zianuray.  This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.


Manifest Concern


Caprina has seen Syvera
running with the horses,
although she did not know
what she really saw.

Einar has seen Barzay
working in a forge,
heard the steady beat
of the hammer in the god's hand.

Matin has seen Talaton
playing the part of a fool
in a crowded marketplace
with no one the wiser.

Shahana has seen Gailah
quell a riot with one word,
her lightest touch bringing peace --
but that was decades ago.

Ari has seen none of this,
young to the work of a paladin,
knowing the gods by reputation
and not yet by their manifest concern.

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Notes:

The title comes from this quote:
We should aim for our children to be good people, and to live ethical lives that manifest concern for others as well as for themselves.
-- Peter Singer

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