Listening With The Heart

I didn’t listen
When he said he felt ugly, all I could see was how handsome he was

I didn’t listen
When he said he felt alone, all I could see was the people standing around him

I didn’t listen
When he said he felt sad, all I could see was how he made me laugh

I didn’t listen
When he said he felt afraid, all I could see was how brave he was

I finally heard what he was trying to tell me, but I was too late
He had taken his own life

If only I had listened
What I see on the outside doesn’t necessarily match what someone is feeling on the inside

Now, I close my eyes and listen with the heart

~S.D.

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