Thursday, June 16, 2011

“Missed Opportunities”

you judged me
never listened to my words
never learned of my dreams
never accepted my strength

you excluded me
never extended an invitation
never initiated friendship
never offered belonging

you hurt me
never helped without games
never explained all the rules
never proposed compromise

you hardened me
never allowed for differences
never acknowledged my wounds
never tolerated my spirit

you lost me
never experienced my humor
never encouraged my independence
never received my respect

Copyright 2011 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman

One trick about relationships is keeping them going long enough to foster mutual respect and liking. I often wonder about the "friendhsip that could have been."

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