Mine and Yours

I cannot be sad
With you,

For your sadness
Is different
From mine.

I do not
Understand
Your sadness

And no word
You say
Will convey it
Correctly.

If I sat
With you
For a hundred days
Weeping
And expressing grief

I still
Would not know
What it is
That made you
The way you are,

I will never understand
How you felt
When you were
Violated
When you were
Abused
When you were
Neglected,

Though I have
Been neglected
Myself,

But my
Being neglected
Is not the same
As yours.

Therefore
I cannot
Understand
You.

I wish
With everything
In me
That nothing
Bad
Ever happened
To you,
That you never knew
What it was like
To be left
Alone.

But I cannot change
The past,
Much to my dissatisfaction.

I cannot make you
Happy.

I don’t even know
Who you are.

I wish I was the only one.

The only one
Who was sad,

And that everyone else
Wore genuine smiles
Of happiness,
Knowing
What love really is,

But I’m not,

You are sad too,

And as much as
I would like to,
From where I am,

I cannot help you.

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