I know I haven't been very understanding,
But please
Bear with me.
I want to be a mirror of empathy.
To not just reflect on how you feel,
But to truly feel it,
And know the misery you've experienced.
I want to be able to smile as bright as you did 
When you felt on top of the world.
The lows, I will not neglect those.
Take the words of your stories,
And tie my wrists together with them.
Let the tales of suffering burn me 
And let the tales of bliss heal me.
Please, just trust me,
To be vulnerable.
Let me help you up when you reach the bottom
And rejoice with you when you reach the top,
As you have done for me.
It is now my turn to be there for you.

– J. S. Atkins


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