Hello, Friend

Perhaps, I’m impolite

Few want to see you
cough out your life’s blood
and tell them you are
in pain

But I no longer care

For every fifty people
who ignore me
I’ll find one who lends me
a listening heart

A pair of open ears
heals a thousand
door slams.

Author: redgladiola

Creative writer happily predisposed to flights of fancy. You can find my poetry and short prose at https://redgladiola.wordpress.com

28 thoughts on “Hello, Friend”

  1. some fella once said pain is pain when one chooses to suffer, i am not sure about the length and breadth of that argument but i am sure there is a certain nobility of a writer chronicling darkness through words. whether intended or not, it makes others feel better. great poem again, and i do hope you feel much much better! ❤

    1. I don’t believe in that at all. The idea that someone chooses to suffer absolves outsiders of all responsibility to help or be empathetic. Would you say it was someone’s fault if they had a fatal illness?

      When the situation is reversed, those that think this way will find themselves alone.

      1. i m sorry if I offended you, comrade. I was only offering solace without knowing the problem.

        And no, a fatal illness is nobody’s fault.

        sending you much ❤

  2. Life is weird. I know exactly what you mean. And friendship is an evolution, as we are, too. Hang in there, big hugs. You’re never alone.

  3. Strong word that resonate with me! I would rather hear about your pain than your latest purchase or your recent vacation. Life is a journey and it can be hard and painful from time to time. Having someone take the time to listen is a precious gift that lightens the load and heals the wounds. May many blessings and true friends come into your path!

    1. Thanks! I think a good mix of both the positives and negatives in life is important. It gives us hope, compassion, and understanding instead of envy or pure despair.

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