Just One

bytungtied2u©

Often I’ve won
a wistful smile
been sought for advice
counseled a friend
I longed to kiss
been thanked
told I’m nice
sensitive
wise
gentle
or kind
only to find
when all’s said and done
I’m left behind
lonely

Sometimes I think
the only one
who didn’t want
to hit
hurt
deceive
deprive these souls
deny them
the hope
healing
feelings of fulfillment
they seek
deserve

Then I stop
reconsider
shed bitter tears
knowing I am all
and none
just one
of many
struggling for sanity
sanctuary
peace and
love

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