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
suffering

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

be thankful

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