The Human Equivalent

The human equivalent of Divine Love,
The offspring of Indivisibility;
Absolute, infinite and universal,
Perpetual and unconditional,
Is not “love” (with its lurking shadow hate,
That can turn the radiant Jekyll into Hyde),
But empathy: which, though indeed fallible,
Through candour, imagination and projection
Can feelingly see in others not just the whole
Regarding the natural dualistic psyche,
But also the spark of God, eternal Soul,
Although by mortal thoughts or deeds eclipsed;
And be sustained and stretched indefinitely


1 January 1996