The Receiver

there once was a quiet dystopian town
where the people had recently found
one among them, from birth, had this uncanny gift:
taking bad memories. he’d just lift
pain from your brain like it was never there,
each trace recollection erased.
how it worked: this Receiver himself made space
for your suffering in his own mind,
so you stepped out smiling while he stayed behind
& cried in your place.
                                  but soon, as things go,
the Receiver could feel his power getting slow
as he watched his dark beard turning silver,
so he passed all those memories from long ago
to a young man who called him the Giver.