Observer Affects

To listen
and resist response;

to watch
without insisting views;

to feel
beyond our sense of selves:

for pure empathy.

Observer Affects © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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The poem's title plays on the concept of the "Observer Effect" in physics, wherein the act of observation (measurement) exerts effects (changes) on the thing observed:

"Affect" in the poem's title pertains to emotional reactions as well as having an effect on things.
Submitted: November 28, 2020