What harm do I bring?

That is the insistent question
of a morality of personhood,
a morality beyond the bonds of law
and the codes of ancient texts
that tell the authorised stories
that neatly construct good and bad.

What residue do I leave?

That is a located ethics through awareness,
through seeing the cause and effect of
this being’s waves on another person’s beach.

What do I feel of another?

That is the deep person-feeling caught in contact,
embodied in the exchange of voice to voice
and face to face, in the living breathe of the other
sensed in the now and as fluid as spit.

What do I feel of another’s pain?

That is the sense of what harm can do.