A Healthy Distance

by Peter Saint-Andre

To pity is to view
The things befalling you
As if I had to share
Them too, as if I care
Here as I do with me.
My objectivity
Is better served if I
Can view them with the eye
Of far eternity.
Applying this to me
As well, I recognize
The truly smaller size
Of personal concerns;
Indeed the wise soul learns
To see what's dear as near
And far. I do not fear
The pale and colder sight
I gain by distant light.

(Daybreak, ยง137)

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