Mercy

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He who will not mercy upon others show;
Mercy bears fruit richer than justice strict.
How can mercy he ever hope to have?

Even pity – her tears will cease to flow;
None to quench his wild despair.
He who will not mercy upon others show.

Expect no sympathy – none to be had
Seething shadows and breathing lies.
How can mercy he ever hope to have?

Triumphant in deepest grief and woe;
Thus bound with entrails of his foe.
He who will not mercy upon others show.

With bitter insults and revillings sad;
Let me lament alone while you’re glad.
How can mercy he ever hope to have?

Among virtues mercy – like moon among stars
The bosom of a cloud when storm has passed.
He who will not mercy upon others show.
How can mercy he ever hope to have?

 

Form: VillanelleΒ 

Photo credits:Β savatoronto.com

Posted for Midweek Motif @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Thotpurge says:

    Bosom of a cloud when storm has passed…. Beautifully written!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Thotpurge,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ˜€
      xoxo

  2. Jae Rose says:

    Among virtues mercy – like moon among stars – is a wonderful line in this reflective poem which seems to echo events of the past week…it made me think also that if we cannot have mercy for ourselves and become our own detonator…how can we show it to others.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Jae Rose,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  3. gillena says:

    As i read this villanelle, my thoughts went to Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

    Have a nice Wednesday Sanaa.

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gillena,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ˜€
      xoxo

  4. wonderful. speaks sinuously to the request to write of that which is ‘mercy’

    gracias for sharing your art

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Marco,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  5. Susan says:

    I fear terrorists do not hope for mercy. Maybe they don’t even hope to be heard. I love how you use inversion to set up the repeat. Each time I asked myself if I could show mercy in that case. I waver.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Susan,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  6. True words – he who has none for others, cannot expect to receive it in return.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Sherry,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ˜€
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  7. This is beautifully written–I love this form, and it worked so well here

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Audrey,

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  8. Old Egg says:

    What a moving poem Sanaa. Those who live by the sword die by the sword then it is too late to make amends. Those who live in love will be loved in heaven.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Old Egg,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  9. kaykuala h says:

    Thus bound with entrails of his foe.
    He who will not mercy upon others show.

    This has billings of karmic consequences. Often been said those tempered with mercy enjoy more of life. While those cruel are unsettling in experiences.

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Hank,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  10. Myrna says:

    Sanaa, I like this poem. Certainly, we can’t expect mercy if we never bestow it. I especially like the last stanza and the fact that you use the form so well.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Myrna,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ˜€
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ™‚
      xoxo

  11. L. Moon says:

    Wise words Sunny one! How can we ever expect mercy when we have dealt pain and destruction to others. A fantastic poem- the Villanelle did its job in emphasizing important points.
    One of your best!

    Many hugs πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Leslie,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ˜€
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ™‚
      xoxo

      PS: Big hugs to you!! πŸ˜€

  12. Mary says:

    Yes, I wonder the same sometimes. If someone does not show mercy to others, can that person expect or hope that mercy will be shown to them? Your poem leaves us with much to ponder.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Mary,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  13. This is my favorite portion:

    ” like moon among stars
    The bosom of a cloud when storm has passed.”

    Great form for this topic, too.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Hannah,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  14. Rall says:

    The last 2 lines are thought provoking. It all depends on a personal belief system. Christians believe that God is all merciful and that there is no wickedness that God cannot forgive . Of course the perpetrator must be truly remorseful and atone according to the gravity of the sin. Without these considerations and conditions mercy is neither deserved nor bestowed. To err is human…to forgive is Divine. I am just a flawed human.. there are things I could never forgive….

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Rall,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  15. Gail says:

    Beautiful. We must all learn to forgive.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Gail,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

  16. annell says:

    An interesting question, to be sure! And yet, I’m not sure, mercy is not shown, based on the mercy shown by others?

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Annell,

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, lots of love πŸ˜€
      xoxo

  17. Nicholas V. says:

    Indeed, mercy feeds on itself and once it is manifest, it grows.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Hello Nicholas,

      Thanks for stopping by, so glad you liked it πŸ™‚
      Highly appreciated, have a great week ahead.

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