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My Middle Name is Empathy

April Salzano

and I feel your pain. Annoying
when I do not want to experience
every loss twice. Dead
grandmothers and fractured feelings,
exposed nerve endings waiting
for me to touch them, suck
their current through the soles
of my rubberless shoes. Conductor,
conduit for pain, I have no ground
fault circuit interrupter, even though
I am always standing within a few feet
of your deepest running water.