The Highly Sensitive Person

This week. Another of my poems from Niume. ~Alan

The Highly Sensitive Person

He feels tears welling in his eyes as the crowd forms around

It is a sense of pain at a funeral for an acquaintance

But the feelings of others are what he senses, not the death

He recalls his childhood, one where laughter and tears were equal

The kids never knew what to make of him, the sensitive boy

He was a rebellious teen, trying to come to grips with the extreme feelings that followed him

An empath that knew his first instincts were correct

He couldn’t figure out why he felt so deeply when others seemed to be able to let things go

As he got older, his feeling overwhelmed him and he had to seek help to learn to deal with them

He learned he was a highly sensitive person

There were others like him, but most try to hide it, not wanting others to know, not wanting others to learn

He decided that he would rather feel more than less

To care for others and to care about others

He found ways to cope with his extreme feelings and outlets for both his deep happy and sad feelings

It made him have empathy for others and finally decided he was lucky to feel so much

He is the highly sensitive person, one in many who feel so strongly so much of the time

Every day, he works to find both the positive and negative feelings to work through

He feels lucky to be a feeling human, valuing all life, even his own.

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About Alan Eisenberg

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach, Bullying Recovery activist and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance" and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
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