Seeing the Pain in Someone Else’s Eyes

They look so serene sitting straight, hands slightly clenched, gently laying in their lap.

The cadence of their voice is slow, even, steady, and clear.

The conversation flows.

But when you look into their eyes
the pain of hidden burdens echoes from the windows
of their soul.

You lock in, trying to console the dark, deep pain
that oozes quietly, insidiously trying to erode
their dreams of tomorrow.

Giving comfort with a nod, and a gentle smile,
mirroring a silent acceptance of who they are.

Reassuring them that they are seen
and letting them know that as time passes
it will be okay, that they are okay.

Please don’t turn away; look deep
see and respectfully acknowledge
the pain in someone else’s eyes.

Image source: Pixabay

Thank you for reading my memoir, Untangled, A Story of Resilience, Courage, and Triumph


25 thoughts on “Seeing the Pain in Someone Else’s Eyes

  1. Daily Resiliency December 23, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Your words have great impact. The way they’re strung together touches my heart. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shayra December 19, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Beautifully written . Nice composition 👌

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Alexis Rose December 18, 2017 / 5:07 am

    Thank You! I hear you and see you in your words. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Secret Keeper December 18, 2017 / 4:21 am

    I try so hard to do this with others because it is something I painfully live without. This was beautifully written.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Alexis Rose December 18, 2017 / 2:40 am

    Thank You so much for your comment. “Everyone deserves to be acknowledged, even if their situation makes us uncomfortable.” Beautifully written. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  6. the_tovarysh_connection December 18, 2017 / 12:58 am

    ‘Reassuring them that they are seen’…this is such an important gesture that so many fail to offer to those who are obviously suffering. It pains me to see others ignored. Everyone deserves to be acknowledged, even if their situation makes us uncomfortable. Thank you for a lovely, powerful poem.

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  7. shadowedmuses December 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Thoughtful and beautiful

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Alexis Rose December 17, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Yes, sometimes those sad eyes are unmistakable! ❤️

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  9. Alexis Rose December 17, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Ohhhh…hmmmm, how did that make you feel? That could have gone either way. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  10. authorsinspirations December 17, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    sad eyes. they are the easier to spot. there’s this – quality to sadness that makes it so distinguishable. they can laugh, talk and act serene, but sad eyes are unmistakable.

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  11. agoodlittlegirl December 17, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Reminds me of my Smile blog where I described how a stranger approached and told me to “Smile”.

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  12. Alexis Rose December 17, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Thank You! 😊 Yeah its sometimes really hard to go there and still keep a safe boundary. It’s a tricky dance sometimes, isn’t it?!


  13. crazywriterof6 December 17, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    So hard to do. My empathy is overwhelming most… No way to make the hurt go away, except be there for someone. Your mind screaming at you, “It’s not enough… DO SOMETHING”.

    I loved your poem… It’s beautiful and very caring.

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  14. DW December 17, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    It can be torture being an empathetic person at times x

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