Compassion Lies Outside the Land / Bob Ambrose

 When reptile brains assert command
and timid hearts give way to fear,
compassion lies outside the land.

When hate is staged and rage is planned,
mistrust is sewn, emotions steered
so reptile core retains command.

When Roark sells his selfish brand
and liberality is jeered,
compassion lies outside the land.

When righteous dictates make demands
to smite the stranger, scorn the queer,
then reptile spirit steals command.

When bleeding hearts buck up and stand
against oppression, be of cheer:
compassion creeps upon the land.

When loving-kindness countermands
the ancient bonds that buttress fear,
then reptile brains release command,
compassion lies astride the land.

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