Friends give advice,
Family give advice,
Everyone with good intentions
Tricks up their sleeve
To make it better.
Sometimes there is no feeling better.
Not just now, anyway.
Sometimes the sadness is just there,
Stubbornly planted in the center
Of the body, in the gut,
wrapping its viney arms around the mind,
constricting the heart.
Advice for advice givers:
Love them. Just hug them. Be silent, and listen.
No one fully understands what someone else is going through.
Give them the benefit of the doubt.