from the women
who moved
into my life
and out

the ones I remembered
the ones I didn’t

the ones who believed my story
the ones who had stories of their own

the ones who listened to my music
and had faith in my religion

the ones who prayed
and the ones who refused

the ones who terrified me
the ones who took control

the ones who walked ahead of me
the ones who ran

the ones who asked questions
the ones I couldn’t answer

the ones I ignored
the ones who ignored me

the ones who looked
and the ones who looked away

the ones who gave
the ones I refused

the ones who kept close
the ones who stayed away

the one who came home
the one who forgave

to the one who stayed
the one who stayed

– J.

janet oil6janet    august 2013
© Jeff Kopito

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