Keys to Empathy



Keys to Empathy

Well I spoke to the king of Empathy

and asked him for his key.

'How do you rule?

How do you do it?

How do you live it, this crazy thing?'.


"I simply think..." He replied

handing me keys to a 3rd of the land


"...we're different and similar,

even so, we shed the same tears

although for some it spills less.


We have the same joy,

although may shine less here than there.


We lie the same lies. breathe the same air.

bleed the same blood.

only more or less."


Well I spoke to the queen of Empathy

and asked her for her key.

'How do you rule?

How do you do it?

How do you live it, this crazy thing?'.


"I simply feel..." She replied

handing me keys to a 3rd of the land


"...we're different and similar,

even so, I cry with my people,

I laugh with them anywhere


I feel every lie, every truth, every breath

I bleed with my people

only more or less."


Well I spoke to the children of Empathy

and asked them for their key.

'How do you rule?

How do you do it?

How do you live it, this crazy thing?'.


"We simply listen."


That was it.

I was granted every key to the land

for today.


Hardest thing I've ever done:

to live life in Empathy

but it is still right


It's gotta be

or this kingdom I'm in

is no more than imagined.


 

©2021 by Peniel.

 

Background Information: I took an awesome communications class and we talked about empathy. My take-away was that empathy lives in how we think, feel, but above all, listen. The very last verse is a double entendre. One way, it refers to the fact that this world of "Empathy" is imagined but I wish it to be more. I wish it to be our world. The alternate interpretation is that I should live in empathy not only in my imagination but in my real life.

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