Mercy’s Face

What does mercy look like? Feel like? Take a moment to read this inspiring short poem that reminds us what mercy does so that we can be more merciful to ourselves and to others.

Mercy’s Face
By Elizabeth Cunningham

There is a mercy in the tides
they come and go
they make new again
they bear no malice
towards the wreckage they toss or take.
If they are not mercy
they remind us of mercy.
They show us mercy’s face.

From Wild Mercy, by Elizabeth Cunningham (Creatrix, 2007). Copyright (c) 2007 by Elizabeth Cunningham. Reprinted by permission of the author.
From Wild Mercy, by Elizabeth Cunningham (Creatrix, 2007).

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JL A.2 years ago

yes, mercy is a marvelous quality

Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

I see Mercy in the face of God everyday when he looks down on His children who continually reject his love!

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago


Lydia Price

I'm sorry, this poem did not move me. My definition of mercy is compassion. When life is spared or ended in a kind manner to prevent further suffering. When one finds companionship and love in this life it is a mercy. When one finds purpose in life it is a mercy. When one has the material needs met such as food and shelter it is a mercy. All of our blessings are mercies. The ocean itself is as merciless as the rest of this world and many creatures are stranded by the tides. Such is life.

AndyNoMail O.
Past Member 3 years ago


Kishore Amma
Kishore Amma3 years ago

Thankyou, that was beautiful

Melinda K.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thankyou, that was beautiful.

Kat Head
Katherine H.3 years ago

Thank you!