What Matters Most

August 23, 2009
I didn’t care. Really, and truly, if you had asked if I cared, I might have said “Do what you want; I’m not your Boy Scout leader. I don’t care”. And maybe, maybe you would have gently pulled my face up to yours and read the lie that was plainly written all over my face. And maybe you would have been able to see the heart wrenching pain in my eyes; bursting with tears that refused to be shed. And maybe you would have said “Butterfly, don’t cry I will always be there. I promise.” And lift me up so I could kiss you, because, of course, I can’t reach all the way up those basketball legs. The kiss would be brief and sweet, your way of reassuring me that all would be right in the world. You’ll see.

Of course, you didn’t do any of those things before you went off to “serve your country” and “be a man” and give everyone “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” But what about my happiness? What about that? Didn’t that matter to you at all? But I suppose that I should try to be fair. You did write a note to me. It has a lot of letters from the alphabet that piece together a message about why you did this. But I don’t care about that part- I care about the part that reads “I love you; you are my angel from heaven above.”

And the part about this that makes me want to hide from my grief and pain, is how I’ll never get to say it back to you.

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beautyispower said...
Dec. 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm
I love it. It has so many meanings
Megan L. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 8, 2009 at 11:42 pm
I want to read more! You're writing style really connects to the reader, or myself at the least.
BriarRose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm
yeah, keep writing; you can draw the reader in really well
Em H. said...
Sept. 26, 2009 at 7:33 am
Very well written!!!! Keep up the good work!!!
Angelalala said...
Sept. 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm
I really like this! it has a lot of feeling i such a short story. =-)
KIKII replied...
May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

thats truelly amazing


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