Like Mine

I saw your bandages.
I didn’t inquire.
I didn’t need to.
I recognized your secret.
It looked like mine.

The door was ajar.
I peeked in your closet.
I saw your skeletons,
And I knew them all.
They looked like mine.

I remained reticent.
Not even you knew
What I observed.
I protected your secret
Like I did mine.

Now I wonder,
If I had unlocked
My Pandora’s Box for you,
Could I have rewritten your story
Like someone did mine?

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14 comments

  1. brilliant poem – they also say ” The greatest day in your life is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. I am touched by your poem!!

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  2. This hits home for me, all of it, though especially the end — as I ignored a secret that didn’t allow someone’s story to be rewritten as mine was fortunate enough to be. I really enjoyed this, beautifully written and something I can very much relate to. ❤ Kimberly

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    1. Wow, I’m sorry that you and I have this in common, but at the same time am grateful that you can relate so personally to it. It has been 20 years and I still remember clearly the moment I decided to look the other way. I didn’t know him well (though better, I suspect, than he knew me). I didn’t want to embarrass him by acknowledging it. I didn’t want to embarrass myself for recognizing it. I wish young me knew then what wise me does now. Thank you for sharing your comment. 🙂

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      1. “I didn’t know him well (though better, I suspect, than he knew me). I didn’t want to embarrass him by acknowledging it. I didn’t want to embarrass myself for recognizing it.” —- oh how in common the stories are. I suppose time nor age can remove these scenarios from our lives – though yes, wise “us” knows better now. 🙂

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