Un-solipsizing

 

I Already Know You

 

In my time I have known the feeling of great joy and satisfaction, and

knowing that you too have known the feeling of great joy and satisfaction,

I know that part of you.

 

I have known the feeling of sadness and loss, and

knowing that you too have felt sadness and loss, I know that part of you.

 

I have known the feeling of anger and frustration, and

knowing that you too have felt anger and frustration, I know that part of you.

 

I have known compassion and empathy when a fellow human was needlessly harmed,

and knowing that you too have felt compassion and empathy, I know that part of you.

 

All the rest is details. Of those places in your private mind which I have not yet met,

those I respect with anticipation of friendship yet to be nurtured, grown and shared,

as we sometimes walk a shared path together.

 

We learn much about each other from our shared feelings, you and I.

Feelings cannot be measured by science, but they are the true measure of us.

I am so glad to know you, to love you as One Unity, sharing our common humanity.

 

If you’ll think about it, you already know me too.

 

 

William D. Coffey

July 2016

 

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