I Will Be You

Must I suffer to understand suffering?
Must I starve to understand starvation?
Must I bleed to understand bloodshed?
Must I experience in order to empathize?
Can I not feel your pain?
Can I not tell of your pain?
Can I not obsess about your pain?
My numbness is an abomination against mankind
I will not ignore
I will not turn away
I will be you....


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

It's very hard to see and feel the pain if we walk too fast, run too fast, or drive too fast! God bless you!


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

nice!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Micky and Jeremey... thanks for the remarks... Sometimes I just have to remind myself to care... like you said Micky we're running so fast we take shortcuts and giving a damn seems to be a casualty all too often...


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b. Malin 6 years ago

very nice...you don't always have to feel the pain to CARE about another human being.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

That's right b..... we would all be better off if we could grasp this simple concept...


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Nayothara 6 years ago

Ever person looking for a there selves our there...And happiness seems to attached with my self but try to find it out there instead of finding it in me.... lol We are truly are amazingly complicated... And I love the way you write it.. The questions you have ask, and the way you presented it, calling the heart, not the eyes! I like your poems a lot.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nayo.... sounds like I'm all over the board... discover myself while simultaneously being you...

Self-awareness + Empathy = Whole Human? Oh... I forgot to add spiritual awareness.... minor point eh?


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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Nice heartfelt poem. looking foreward to reading more.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you carrie. I truly appreciate it...


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shygirl2 6 years ago

great thoughts! :) Like the poem...prose.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you shygirl2... prose or poem? I can't tell anymore....


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deedeelaw 6 years ago from Deborah's Musings

Well done, very heartfelt words. Welcome aboard.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you deedee... I appreciate it and I'm glad to be here. Thanks for following me and taking the time to comment.

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