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The Daily Dharma – January 21, 2022


She 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.

Rudy Francisco