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Friday, August 31, 2007

For several nights
I wondered why
you chose to cry
on me.

I had nothing
to do with you.
I felt so unable
to fill your many needs
that instead
I stayed away.

So why
would you be interested
in selfish
snobby
little
me?

Yet you looked so
forlorn
lonely
and miserable...

So I sat down
at your side
with nothing to say.

Finally
Perhaps because
I wanted so hard
Finally
after all these years
I saw

There is something
I can give you.

Do you need a hug?

A barely visible nod
and suddenly
you were in my arms.

(Had I kept you waiting
too long?)

What next?
I don't even know you
After all these years...
But finally
perhaps because
I felt for you
I knew

The only thing to say.

"It's OK to cry."

I don't know
what you cried for
that day:
Fear of the future?
Longing for the past?
Something else, maybe.

So my tears
were for only one thing:
No longer a stranger
I cried
for the pain
of a friend.

and I'm still crying for you.
May the day soon come
when there will be no more cause for tears
and those of us who shared pain
can truly be part of the shared joy.

7 comments:

Lvnsm27 said...

Excellent poem

Scraps said...

We all need someone to cry on sometimes...

You write beautifully.

halfshared said...

You sound like a really good friend. I like the way you write too!

Bas~Melech said...

Thanks.

I'm not a good friend... I haven't spoken to this person since... I have nothing to say again. (We don't see each other often -- I mean, it's not like I'm avoiding her. I just haven't called or anything)

But yeah... It was an extremely moving moment. Still makes me sniffle. And I'm not a big crier. I don't think I did it justice on paper, but it was worth a shot.

David_on_the_Lake said...

Beautiful...
It IS ok..and quite therapeutic to cry sometimes

The Dreamer said...

i used to be a stoic person who never cried for others... only for myself and when i watched tearjerkers like the little mermaid...

that changed.

now, anything sets me off...

u no hu ;-) said...

that poem can almost b talking about us bas melech! the only thing is that we still haven't seen each other...and do i know u yet?