My empathy is something I prize highly
I know how to heal, to help people lightly
I know what they need to hear and do
This is a skill I'd even since young knew
But heavily it takes it's toll
As I occationally feel the sorrow in a stanger's soul
All of these auras, I can always sense their emotions
I can tell who they are, their dreams and devotions
Their pains, their loves, their deepest flaws they hide inside
And I try to reach my arms out just to find-
I'm reaching through thick water as they calmly walk away
And I'm left with their feelings, the need to help, it feels empty
Because I want to reach out and provide them the aid I can tell they need
But I know they won't take it right, they'll look at me weird for my advice they'll have reeived
And sometimes they deny it, they'll go on with their denial
They let their emotions fester while idle
But I feel it, and it hurts me to know I cannot be of assistance
So I try and try to put up distance and am met with resistance
As my heart tries to help but my mind holds it back
And he heart goes back and forth like a racetrack
Because a lot of times they don't understand
And although it hurts, I withdraw my hand
And it hurts me more because I feel everyone's emotions and my own
Sometimes I can't even tell, is this what I'm feeling or someone across town?
Can I help them? Or do I need to help myself?
Myself? Who am I again? Was that a misspell for themself?
I always focus on others because their pain is mine too
I try to help but it's rejected, what am I supposed to do?
Should I try again, will that make it worse? Or can I actually help?
Or will I make it worse and go back a step?
Can I help make a difference, will I change their life?
Maybe I should keep it in, lest I cause strife
But the pain, the sorrow, the hatred, it's all locked inside
My Pandora's box, only in little cracks can I let it outside
Only in small words, so that all may understand
When I want to help you, but I withdraw my hand
Author's Note: This poem was inspired by Nathan Wagner's song Empath and my own experiences being one. If you liked this poem, please listen to Nathan Wagner's song as well, I hope you enjoy it. While you're there, listen to Innocence and Lonely too, some of my personal favorites.