When you feel discomfort

at someone else’s pain.

Their circumstances

intolerable to them,

Uncomprehending to you

makes you unsure

of the words or gestures to do.

So smile and pat them on the shoulder

and do what you can

perhaps just listening

or sitting with them for awhile.

Even if your discomfort rises

at least you

are not in their shoes!

Selfishness does not belong here.


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