Essay — The Power of Empathy

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The Power of Empathy
Crape Myrtle

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The day was hot
My leaves were dry

how long, I thought, before I die?

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Mother Nature heard my sigh
She unleashed raindrops from the sky.

Image by HL Carpenter of pink crape myrtle blossoms awash with raindrops
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My black mood swept from dark to light,
Her kindness made the world more bright.

Who brightens your world?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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