Occupational Hazards

Defrocked, as it were,

of her professional

vestments and legitimacy

she nonetheless:

 

Instinctively absorbs understanding

of universal emotional pain

as it crosses and re-crosses

her perplexing path

 

Comprehends complexities

nuanced in expression,

tone and verb

 

Listens – empathically all in-

to stories, wishes and

exasperations

 

Regardless of official stature

her nurturing nature

endures in experience

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