The Empath

Paralyzed in overwhelming empathy,
for the moment touched
but lived
in panoramic mental images.

Realized the world continues
but, I’m shocked still
in the creation of divergent futures.

All my physical senses
reduced to reflex,
screaming in reactionary impotentness.

The staccato replay
of nightmarish possibilities.
An unwilling partner
to the horrors
of mankind’s vanity.

From the back of my mind,
I rip off this skull cap prison
and hand it to you, broken chains rattling,
to view the maze of inward spikes
dripping with my holy blood.