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A Sympathetic Friend

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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

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