I Was Once You

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 29, 2018

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Submitted: July 29, 2018



Unkempt and malodorous

dirt encrusted

orange, nicotine-stained fingers

eyes meet on the sideways glance

judgments palpable

do I scare you?

Shielding your child

you scurry by

your words

puncture the frigid air

"don't stare!"

My appearance 

parallels 'The Fisher King'

and I, too,

have a mad and magical story.

Once upon a time

I went unnoticed

harmonizing with society

until my mind

became hostage

to vague and nebulous thoughts

unnerving those around me.

You see,

I was once you.

A creator of dreams,

a goaltender

and spiritual seeker


the happily ever after.

I used to

laugh and cry like you

live and die like you

and hang onto hope like you.

But now,

the thoughts and voices 

I used to hear

are replaced by those

that are unclear.


cutting me down,

I long for a place

that has no sound

where the walls don't breathe

and I'm not alone

where uttered words

are my own.

Instead, I hunger

for a morsel of kindness

not apathy and hatred

indifference or blindness.

While you fear that

which you don't understand

know that it's about 

the cards in your hands.

I could be you,

you could be me

separated only 

by tragedy.

So, before you judge

and look away

know that this 

could be you one day.

Your safe house shattered 

and all that matters

is the pitter-patter

of unclear thought

moving about

leaving you

to scream and shout;

I was once you!





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