The universe has no empathy

I almost died
Of heartbreak
Right in the seat
Next to you

I reached up
For the invisible wreath
Above my head
But couldn’t get a grip

I saw an overflow
Of the river bank
A cool flood of sorrow
Grow wings and fly away

In real time I was
A comical character
With four spidery arms
Waving about in the wind

You were
Someone in a ticket booth
To a carnival show
Watching an aboriginal boy
Go bonkers
At not being allowed into
A whites only show

You petted the cat
And whispered to it
Nonsense and sweet nothings
while I contemplated
The failure of the universe

The universe has no empathy
The sun does not care
The stars do no feel sad
And all the poets go mad