I watched from afar the blind disrespect
Of imprudent people when they neglect
The unspoken duties that they should do—
For if not they, then tell me, who?
Cannot you see that your own ship is wrecked?
Why, very friends do they ignore
As if it’s ‘friendship’ they now abhor;
Leave they broken hearts in a churning wake—
It’s more than friendship that’s at stake.
Despite time’s relay I will always be sore.
These people, who obligation is to they
An inconvenience, no debts to pay,
They merely see the self’s desires
And not what others’ sanity requires.
I forgave you then, but I ache every day.
But truly it’s only the strangers who perceive
The pain, and this they calmly relieve
By wordless, unquestioning, benevolent deeds;
The alien only can heal others’ misdeeds—
And after your soul still I will grieve.