“The Sad-Eyed Man”

“You mean to tell me that you’re not actually sad?”

“No. Why would I be?”

“But you have such… sad eyes.”

“Hah, I don’t really have any control over that.”

“I thought you were so full of longing, so pained by the self-destructive folly of humankind.”

“Nope. Everything’s pretty good, actually.”

“But what about sad-eyed dogs? Are they sad?”

“Probably only some of them.”

“I just…. I can’t believe I’ve wasted so many years-worth of empathy.”