for keeping quiet
when I was expected to say something.
for my too many words
when I should’ve said nothing.
for thanking or recognizing you too late
and for thereby making you think
that everything you’ve done for me was in vain.
for making you sad,
for having disappointed you,
and for having been a pain.
in spite of who I am.
Give me a chance to make it right with you.
like you once did,
and this time, I won’t again ignore you.
In times of uncertainty when I didn’t know what to do,
I could always count on you
for a calm response and sound advice,
and for words that comfort, words that are nice.
When it feels as if my troubles don’t matter to anyone at all,
you were there to help me stand and to prevent my great fall.
When I feel ugly, useless, and sad,
You always make me feel beautiful, useful, and glad.
I hope that, together, we’ll grow old,
and that we’ll keep on sheltering each other against the cold
winters of life, so that we may stand strong
against all things evil and all things wrong …