The river down my cheeks have finally run dry. And now I owe it to myself to throw out the baggage that has been left behind.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

To the stranger I once loved,

I will never fully understand why you hurt me the way you did. But a part of me does. You had your demons that I tried to tame, but I’m sorry I was too weak to fight them on my own. You continued to hurt me and I continued to do the same. For every promise broken, I still came back. With a little part of me burning away til all that was left of us was a dying flame and a pile of ash. And now you’re no longer here for the wind has swept you away.

Our feet paced the floor with anger being spat on each other’s faces. Hands that punched the air and clawed my skin. I went numb and my ears bled while my eyes no longer recognized who was in front of me. I no longer recognized the man I once loved nor the man I saw in the mirror.

You have many faces that often linger my thoughts. But the love we had was never meant to last. For you still had your demons- as did I. So I cut myself off which I know has hurt you. But it hurt me more staying than it did leaving.

Someday I hope we can look through the same window and see,
we are better off ashes in the wind than we were a dying flame.

To the lover from past and present,

A flame is still there, but there is much going on. As life throws us into an ocean of chaos with the white waves crashing us onto the shore. I can see the tides are too strong and the currents are dragging me under. But I know you won’t let me drown.

Put your flame in a bottle and throw it to the ocean. And when I’m ready, there I will take comfort and warmth. Showing you my scars and bruises that can only be healed by the touch of a heart as warm as yours.

Lovers from the past, present and future- be patient with me. For my heart is learning to love again.

“Empathy is
seeing with the eyes of another,
listening with the ears of another,
and feeling with the heart of another.”

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One Reply to “Empathy”

  1. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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