During our lives there are people who stay with us and those that pass through. Very often when we have helped them all that we can, they leave us. We might be sad but we know that we have done all that we can do for them.
I like to think that I have played a healing part in their lives and they are ready to take new steps alone.
This poem I wrote for someone who was an important part of my life, but no longer needs me in hers.
Chat to Correspondence
It started with Hi on a single text, it made me smile
It was the first step, a starting point
I replied Hi, it wasn’t a bolt of lightening
The gentle start was just what I was looking for.
Excitedly it became more, you wanted to know me
You needed a friend, I was happy to be one
You suggested email as you said it would be easier,
Why I thought, it’s not instant, but it was.
You emailed me constantly, frenzied and fast
I responded with the same amount of excitement and speed
Your world was falling apart, you needed to download
All I could do was listen, by reading your words.
You sounded panicky, in pain needing a release
There was nothing really I could do from this side of the screen
I could feel your pain, your anxiety your distress
I sat here feeling useless and inadequate
The chat stopped, instantly like losing a limb
There was nothing at all, I kept looking
I waited, I ached, I worried, I wondered
What had happened to you? Where were you? Did you still need me?
Finally a solitary email arrived
The tune had changed you were different
You found your strength, you found a voice again
There was no more chat between us
I’ve done my job, I step back, slightly sad
I helped you grow, I’m not needed anymore
I have lost a friend, but I know there are more to gain
Your chat now is just correspondence, I am pleased you are yourself again