Lizzy Shum

Stranger From Before

You’ve changed.
You’re not the same person you were
Before.
Trying to pretend that you didn’t make a mistake
By leaving; you left me.
You’re not there aymore, and I don’t see you.
And when I do,
It
S al
Most awk
Ward.
Do you remember the refridgerator box?
We used to hide away.
But you’ve closed the door to me,
And shut me out,
Shut me in.
I’m still here,
Ready to open my thoughts
Before
You.
If only you would come back to this place from
Before.
But you won’t.
You’ve left me alone.
And I am unwelcome.

You’ve changed.
I see your face and hear your voice,
But it’s with uncertainty that I call your name,
Unsure if it’s the you that left me behind.
(Behind for what?)

for the

Contained catastrophe that now surrounds you.
Selling your soul to be different, it’s the only way to fit in.
What’s the point? They’ll all talk about you anyway.

Just like you talk about them.
Slow and secretively, you confide in me how awful they are,
Like I’m still your best friend…
But that stopped being true long
Before
You left.
I had already been replaced.
And now I have no chance.
No choice,
But to wait.

Because even though you’re someone new,
You’re still my best friend,
And I’ll wait for you.




[TABLE OF CONTENTS, LHS CLASS OF 2010 EDITION]


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