The poem "Small Pain in my Chest" instills emotions of sorrow because of the horrors and loss in war within the audience. Like the narrator and the soldier, the reader comes to experience a small degree of the pain described throughout the poem in the last stanza:
" don't recall what happened then. I think I must have cried;I put my arms around him and I pulled him to my side
And, as I held him to me, I could feel our wounds were pressedThe large one in my heart against the small one in his chest. "
The reader comes to truly mourn the loss of this unnamed soldier and the sacrifice he made.