I Thought I Saw Someone I Knew

 

last night. but i didn't know them. i'm sure i never did.
this person was cold and cruel and jabbed at me with
pointed barbed words that struck the child in me like
whips made of chains. that couldn't have been the
person i knew. that person was gentle when i knew
them. i knew i didn't know them when they said
something that person swore they'd never say as
long as they lived.

i laughed with relief, knowing there was no way
on earth that could be the same person. i laughed
with joy that i had been wrong, thinking this new,
strange, cruel person could be the person i once
knew.

then i said goodbye.

denise

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