Sympathy

Sympathy

it's okay
to hate
an abuser
especially
the abuser
of someone
or something
we love

so how then
to feel
when the one we love
abuses themselves?

hate
for the havoc
they've reeked
and heaped
upon themselves?

hate
for the losses
financial
physical
emotional
familial
psychological?

or sympathy
for all the suffering
they've bestowed
upon themselves?

saddened
by the crippling
of the loved one 
told
to look both ways
before stepping into traffic

yet
angry
knowing
they never cared
about the consequences
of stepping blindly
into the freeway

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