The Price of Empathy

by October 11, 2015 1 comment

Hallelujah came
on Sunday
shouting
and stomping
wet eyes

I was a child
innocent
oblivious

a woman runs
past my pew
screaming
in a language
I can’t
understand

“Everything will be okay!”
I cry to her
because I didn’t know
what else to say

my mother orders me
to remain
silent

but…the woman
she is screaming
she is crying
I felt
I needed
to
help

my mother put her hand
over my mouth

I didn’t understand
I felt lost

but I have come
to realize
that

some people
have never appreciated
my concern
for others

– Keith Landrum

editors note:

An empath evolves; learns actions are better… – mh clay

Comments 1

  1. Hem Raj Bastola

    very nice, enjoyed reading. empathy that is what we should preserve. that is what is lacking in the modern human who have a car racing everyday life. what a pity. even if it is with someone no time to show.

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