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Empathy For A Friend

by Charles M Harrison

When I think of your pain my friend
oh how it saddens me.
I wish your heart could only know
how to be joyful and happy.
But it is clouded by it's fears
and it's many doubts.
A song of sorrow and of pain
are all that can come out.
If I could but take my heart
and put it in yours place.
Then maybe just for awhile
a smile would light your face.
If I but had the power
to remove your fear and doubt,
To take your pain upon myself
so I could scream it out.
Take the salty tears you shed
to weep upon my cheek.
Hold to myself the dread
and horrors you can't speak.
Replace all that has died in you
with a seed of life.
To grow and fill you up with love
and take away your strife.
Oh if I only could
how simple it would be.
To take the evil pain away
and pour my love into thee.
But I can not do this thing
no matter how I try.
I can only offer to you
a shoulder on which to cry.
Only can I give to you
a keen ear that will hear.
As you tell of shattered dreams
and of all those things you fear.
I can only give to you
my comfort and concern
And try to share with you
life's lessons we all learn.
I regret my friend that to you
this is all I can give.
But if I could at this time
your life for you I would live.


Posted on 07/19/2006
Copyright © 2024 Charles M Harrison

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 07/20/06 at 01:43 AM

Such kind and compassionate words. You are a friend, indeed.

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