The true measure of a man
Might forever remain a mystery
But to measure the depth
Of human misery
One needn’t look any further than
A barkeep meeting with a cabbie.
Can you even begin to fathom
The stories they would swap
Of a myriad emotions
Passing across human countenances
Visible through a mirror
Of a plethora of burdens
Lightened over the course a drink
To a sympathetic listening ear.