witness with compassion

witness with compassion
the twisted human
vines limping across
life’s thoroughfare

witness, at once,
the contortions of their pain
& the walking prayer-shape
of their attempted
release from

if you still can
straighten your back,
flex your wrist,
or bend your elbow
entirely without

be thankful

care for the sufferings
of others
& be kind
for they are your neighbors
& your selves.