Tonight I finally forgave you
For the years you stripped away;
The friendly words, respect and friendship
Gone in just one day.
For the confidence removed,
Where once I held my head up high
And speaking into your life was something
You did not deny
I wished you well and closed the door
On those much younger years;
My eyes were able to sparkle again
Instead of being filled with tears.
No longer held in the paralysing vice;
Your approval, I didn’t need –
But oh, forevermore, the wound
Will sometimes open and bleed!
I went my way and you went yours
And we’ve both found success –
I couldn’t have seen potential back then –
My life was such a mess.
Your rejection was the catalyst –
I couldn’t stay the same anymore;
I had hurt a very longstanding friend
Though I knew not the final straw.
I’ve transformed considerably since that day-
I thank you for reminding me
That the friend I needed all along
Was the One I couldn’t see.
© M.R.P 2019