Sad friends 

Sadness –
Whether chronic or not –
Is hard to will away.

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. 


  1. We all do, darlin’…some of us don’t bother learning the lesson, but none of us who get it did it any other way than hard.

  2. you know . . . that’s damn good advice . . . especially for me because my wife suffers from depression and I am rarely even a little bit sad . . . and yet . . . . . . the best thing I have found is to just shut up, get her a cup of tea and go spend the day in my studio.

  3. Wonderful, I love your advice for advice-givers… I am an advice giver and have got it wrong many a time. Thank you. ❤

  4. A beautiful and gentle poem with wise advice. Hold love, concern and kindness for the people near. Would be a better world. Thank you for sharing the excellent poetry.

  5. Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Good words and wisdom by a outstanding poet. Please read and enjoy.

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