A Sympathetic Friend

If someone is so cranky
That you don’t know how to feel,
Think about their troubles
That could be very real.

You may think someone so crotchety
Delights in being mean,
But the hardship that provokes them
May be something that’s unseen.

If you answer crossness mildly
And demonstrate you care,
You may soon learn they are suffering
Something you, yourself, could never bear;

For some keep sorrow hidden
Though their mood is turned to gloom
As they ponder in their hearts
Some unhappiness that looms;

But if you can look beyond
Their cranky attitude,
You may find yourself relieving
The worst of their bad mood;
For then you can be something
Whose value has no end—
Something that they do not have—
A sympathetic friend.
Elizabeth Ruth

Also see stories and poems by this author at www.inspirationalarchive.com

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