Watching Others Lives

Empathy –
A forte,
called to him so quick
and potent.
Through eyes
so blue –
emotional –
he felt their pain
erupt.

So easy, callous,
young and free
a love-blessed life had he.
But anguish
was companion
as his cohorts’ lives
got smudged.

For all the years
he saw their tears
and felt
his salt spies swell,
each day some more,
each pain
more drawn:
They aged
while he stayed well.

Their hearts so broke
were his console
his own fair pump
unblemished,
so to his mix
of borrowed pain
sometimes
real pain he wished.

Now all the days
his smile
is held
for friends with far more folly.
And though he caught
their youth die young
he tries
to keep them jolly.

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