Compassion

When you called and said to me
“I know how you feel,”
That was the exact moment when
My wounds began to heal

You looked me in the eye and said
“You are not alone,”
Those were the sweetest four
Words I have ever known

With a hug when you whispered
“It’s going to be okay,”
That was when I realized
I could face another day

Thanks so much for asking me
“Will you be all right?”
For I wasn’t before you asked
But now I see the light

When you sat by me and said
“Come here, hold my hand,”
I knew I no longer lived
In a barren no man’s land

You took me in your arms to say
“Let me wipe your tears,”
Your simple act gave me the strength
To conquer all my fears

In our rough-and-tumble lives
We fall, we hurt, we bleed
A few words of compassion
Are all the salve we need