Digital Compassion

 woman's finger touching laptop screen

what if we gave

equal attention and care

to the relationships we have

as we do

to the things we buy


screen scratched

deep sorrow

promises broken

no big deal


the next big thing

we buy it

the next big act of kindness

for a loved one

appears, on the screen

we type it

we send it

we wish it

prayers and thoughts

delivered digitally

the emotions we feel?

they’re not the same