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A Poem by Justin

April 2012

Be a Light

I thought my days were numbered,
but much to my surprise,
twenty-three years later,
I'm still looking up at sunny blue skies.

I thought it was all over,
when I got the big bad news.
There is going to be no future.
Why bother even putting on my shoes?

No one will ever want me.
I am damaged through and through.
The thought of being so lonely
makes this day ever so blue.

My parents will never forgive me.
This foolish behavior is not what they allow.
It makes me want to hide away.
The overwhelming shame I have this day.

Why me? Why now?
My future looked so bright.
My dreams are full of fun and joy.
I have them every night.

I'm not ready to go
to heaven up above.
For crying out loud, God,
I have barely learned how to love.

This anger I feel inside me,
so lonely it seems to be.
I want to end it all right now.
So much easier it will be for me.

I write this poem for all to know
I made it through those days.
The things I thought would happen
never came in any ways.

I joined some groups of people like me.
So much in common, there seemed to be.
We are not alone, there is time to spare.
Now I am glad I chose to stay here.

It only takes one small light to bring end to all darkness.

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