Empathy Poem by Bonnie Shipman

Empathy



I catch you crying
in the closet,
and wonder
what has gone wrong.

Is your heart broken
by a cruel bully?
or mis-shapen
after a stray arc of loneliness hit you?
did I hurt you somehow,
and not realize?
where are your friends
anyway?
you have some
you know.
didn't you know?
I would be your friend
if you wanted...

You see me open the door
and shake your head.
so I step into your darkness
close it again
cry with you.

POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
This is not an event that actually happened or written to anyone specific, but is descriptive of my feelings at the time of writing it, a cross between brokenheartedness and love.
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