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  • Writer's pictureMj Pettengill

Blaze a Trail of Compassion

Updated: Feb 3, 2023

The original blog was replaced with a simple poem.

Here's why:

Previously, in the original blog, I expressed my disappointment while urging others to choose compassion in lieu of criticism.

I choose to be a helper—service to others. It comes in many forms. For instance, I share food recalls on several platforms. Unfortunately, people respond via harsh criticism about the food item(s) recalled and the people who would eat such things.

Sharing this information is not about that. It's not about looking down on others who don't have the resources to eat incredibly high-priced, high-end food. It's about preventing someone (anyone) from falling ill or, worse, from eating tainted food. Why? Because I champion those thrust into the world to play a game with a deck stacked against them, it takes guts, and there certainly is no glory.


Carroll County Pauper Cemetery, Mj Pettengill
Carroll County Pauper Cemetery, Mj Pettengill

Granite Garden

They chose to forget,

Sweeping your filth away

Like dirt

With their splintered broom

From crumbling steps

Of the Poor Farm,

Where mud-caked shoes

Matched tattered souls.

Pathetic insignificant scraps of humanity

Returned to earth

Planted in a granite garden

In straight rows

Fertilized with sweat

Harvesting shame

© Maryjane Pettengill

1 Comment

Feb 02, 2023

Thank you for all you do!! 😘

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