Pain Poems: 28 / 500

Empathy

Rating: 4.8

The greater pain than the one you feel
Is the one you see in the ones you love
The one you can't make go away
Cannot ease or take on as your own
That you neither caused
Nor can conclude
But must play its course
And you are the witness to the sorrow and the grief
The despair and the gloom
The melancholy that it brings to that beloved person of yours
When sympathy is not appropriate
And distraction isn't possible
When you're powerless to in any way lessen the pain
When all you can do
Is to be there
And to experience that hurt with them
To watch as it changes them
As it pulls them to their depths
And then to wait
Wait for the feeling to subside
To diminish
And all the while
You would trade
In an instant
And have that pain be yours rather than theirs
Have their heavy heart be weighed on you
And release them of that load of agony
To take it on and free them of their state of dreariness
Absorb it
And battle it for yourself
Even if it were strong enough to destroy you
Just to save from ever seeing them feeling so hopeless
That is the pain greater than pain itself

When the ones we love hurt
We feel their pain tenfold

Friday, February 26, 2016
Pain Poems: 28 / 500
Topic(s) of this poem: pain
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Souren Mondal 26 February 2016

You know Mike, this one goes out to my favourites! ! I have been an empath, I feel the pain and miseries of the one I love.. I try to stick up for them, love them, stand by them, and do all I can.. But sometimes, it is a helpless situation, as you see someone you love gradually go into a void of darkness... One of my friends, who was a cutter, is someone of whom I felt like that.. It was almost as if I could feel the pain in my own body.. I don't know whether I am good enough to give you a compliment as a poet, or if this is a compliment, but I cried reading this.. Tears fell down here.. Wonderful Mike.. You deserve to be praised for your wonderful works.. Thanks for sharing.

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Mike Smith 27 February 2016

Souren, just to know that you took the time to read it is in itself a compliment. I'm honored and humbled by your praise sir. It's very encouraging when the pieces we make have an impact on those reading them. Thank you Souren. You are too kind

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Kelly Kurt 26 February 2016

I hate the feeling of powerlessness. Of not knowing what to do other than be there. I know you are a sensitive man and feel theses things acutely. A powerful poem that just about everyone but sociopaths can relate to. Speaking of being a sociopath, or at least a nitpicker, in the 13th line it should be you're: -)

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Mike Smith 26 February 2016

Good catch. I'll fix it. Thanks as always

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Sandra Feldman 26 February 2016

Extremely moving. Exemplifies that real love knows no boundaries and is there for good or bad times. Expressed with reaching and deep touching conviction.

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Lillyan Lunsford 14 November 2018

beautiful poem great job

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Elisabeth Wingle 24 May 2016

Mike, you wrote a beautiful poem. I think most of us have experienced this feeling. That agony, despair, helplessness and the willingness to self sacrifice, to alleviate a loved ones pain. You were able to convey these feelings perfectly. I think this feeling is more than empathy, you might need to create a new word! Nice work

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Elisabeth Wingle 24 May 2016

Mike this is a beautiful poem. I am sure that most of us have been through this agony, the helplessness this willingness to self sacrifice. But, you were able convey this feeling perfectly. This is more than empathy, you may have to create an new word for this feeling! Thanks great work.

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anonymous still 17 May 2016

You surely have a deep outlook for things...the way u express says it all

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Linda Gantt 06 April 2016

Indeed true! Our loved ones hurt; we hurt even more. Many times have I experienced this kind of pain..and empathy...especially with my children.

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