For the past year, I’ve been NVCing (Non Violent Communication or Compassionate Communication).  The Wikipedia article is actually pretty good.

The two paradigmatic figures of NC are the jackal (judgments and blame) and the giraffe (feelings and needs). I think the giraffe is always good but the jackal isn’t always bad as a protector and sign of what we are feeling and needing.

Anyway, something I did earlier in my life that I’d like to go back to doing is writing poetry. The jackal as a poetic figure sticks in my mind. Here goes:

Jackals on a hillside


Hear them roar

Feel the shame

When they blame

And they point and call your name

As the jackals go rolling along.