You dismiss
All that I have gone through
To overcome everything I have faced
And get to where I am

In effect you dismiss
Your ability to do the equivalent
In your own life with your own circumstances

In effect you separate me out
As different “special”

And after a lifetime
Of paying careful attention
To exactly how I have gone from there to here
Always aware always keeping track of details
So that I could be very specific
About what works in what situations
And therefore concretely help you
Design a road map
For your own journey

My world is no less than shattered
By your reaction
Your stance
Your staunch devotion
To less-than
To the i and m letters
That make the possible impossible

I love fiercely
I care deeply
I want you to shine
Stand radiant with me
In our respective Gd-given Light

But you erect between us
A wall of your own making
And defend it
With all your might

I am bewildered devastated
The child with the
Bright eyes huge heart open arms
Running toward you
Innocent pure
Eager to give and share
As you slam the door
In my face

Leaving me standing
Very much alone
In a very big world

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