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Below is the poem entitled Sympathetic which was written by poet John Weber. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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We volley with sketchy returns
each moment of empathy mirrored
in cough or laugh,
toothy smile or nod
to prod hundreds of
muscles in chase,
scrambling for that
elusive reciprocal
that binds us in effort,

a hiccup of reactive
responses contrary
to conscience or will
to fill yawning mendacity
while locking journeys
in mutual discord
behind the mask
of ordinary compassion
banishing inner calm.

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