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Hello old friend

Hello old friend, Oh yes you know
I lost my child a while ago.
No, no please, don't look away
And change the subject, It's ok.

You see at first I couldn't feel,
It took so long, but now it's real.
I hurt so much inside you see
I need to talk, come sit with me?

You see, I was numb for so very long,
And people said, "My, she is so strong."
They did not know I couldn't feel,

My broken heart made all unreal.

But then one day, as I awoke
I clutched my chest, began to choke,
Such a scream, such a wail,
Broke from me.. My child! My child!
The horror of reality.

But everyone has moved on, you see,
Everyone except for me.
Now, when I need friends most of all,
Between us there now stands a wall.

My pain is more than they can bear,
When I mention my child,
I see their blank stare.

"But I thought you were over it,"
Their eyes seem to say
No, no, I can't listen to this, not today.
So I smile and pretend, and say, "Oh, I'm ok".
But inside I am crying, as I turn away.

And so my old friend, I shall paint on a smile,
As I have from the start,
You never knowing all the while,
All I've just said to you in my heart.

Author Unknown