Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"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