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Mindful Poetry: "Allowables" by Nikki Giovanni

Today’s poem has a basis in empathy, not just for our fellow humans, but for all kinds of life.

Being mindful of every creature’s part of the life cycle is part of our responsibility as a sentient beings.

Next time you pick up the book to smash the spider or moth that has found its way into your home, perhaps remember this poem… and find another way,


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I killed a spider
Not a murderous brown recluse
Nor even a black widow
And if the truth were told this
Was only a small
Sort of papery spider
Who should have run
When I picked up the book
But she didn’t
And she scared me
And I smashed her

I don’t think
I’m allowed

To kill something

Because I am

Frightened


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When you reflect on the poem what emotions does it trigger?