Amazing Kids! Magazine

Letter to an Old Friend

By Allison Stein, Poetry Editor


It’s funny.
I showed you my bruised soul—
My scars, my flaws, the raw wounds of my spirit—
But you told me I was beautiful.

It’s ironic.
You watched me drown in pain’s icy waters—
Let me fight for each breath of dignity alone—
But you taught me how to live.

It’s bittersweet.
I’ve discovered enough courage to move on—
To escape from the echoes of old dreams—
But I can never let go of what I used to call love.

It’s unforgettable.
If my heartbeat weren’t swallowed by silence—
If I could find a voice in this smothering regret—
I would thank you.