Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hello Old Friend

I wrote this quite some time ago, and read it aloud to the Grade 10 and 11 McNally English students. 

It  is written in the voice of another. It is not someone I know personally, but I'm sure he or she exists. The message remains the same.

Hello again old friend
it has been far too long
since I thought of the days
when I did you wrong.
I really hurt you
in my younger days.
Teasing you, it seemed
was the latest craze.
Nobody saw your pain
but we laughed at your tears
and I was the worst of them
always leading our peers
to the place you were hiding
only to drag you out
kicking and screaming.

Yes, old friend it's me
and I've come in shame.
For today it is my lot
to be struck with
my own mortality.
It's not long I have left
to find my old acquaintances.
I need to make amends
for the many evils I've wrought.
My last wish is that my words
of remorse will strike a chord
and the music of your forgiveness
will be the lullaby that soothes me
to my final sleep. 

1 comment:

  1. Really interesting that s/he refers the one hurt as an 'old friend.' Makes me wonder what the response to the plea for forgiveness would be.