Compassion

For her
In all her distress
Who only in crisis
Can be worthy
Unburdened
Cared for

She believes only
With that necessary distance
Can she claim space
be free
Of expectations
Of failures
Free to rest
Free to fail
Unquestioned

Because there she can do
And measure up to
What is required
There she survives
There she thrives

From the bottom
On the bottom
Forever down there
She’s safe
Though barely alive