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Unwelcome Welcomer

April 22, 2012
By Helena.of.Karatha DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Helena.of.Karatha DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"You're a great wizard, Harry."
"Not as good as you."
"Me?! Books! And cleverness! There are more important things, Harry--friendship, and bravery, and--oh, Harry, just be careful."

She always befriends
the new kid,
the stranger,
the outcast.
Lonely days become happy.

But then months pass--
the new kid is no longer new,
the stranger is no longer strange,
and the outcasts have found their way back in.
The welcomer is no longer needed.

So she fades into the background,
following some unwritten law;
those she befriended are no longer her friends,
and they progress through social circles.
Merely a stepping stone, she is forgotten by those who benefited most.

The welcomer is no longer welcome,
the friend is no longer wanted,
the introducer of the strangers is now strange
and the protector of the outcasts is now cast out.
As she fades, a unique and compassionate girl is lost.

The author's comments:
One of my friends is always the first to befriend a new kid, or anyone who looks lonely. So many times, the people she's welcomed have used her as a stepping stone and forgotten her as time has passed.

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