I never thought I’d let you slip,
watching you fall, nonchalant,
not caring enough to reach out.
I sat and watched you break,
not sure if I felt relief or pain.
You were crying out on the floor,
desperate for a helping hand.
A younger me would have given one,
not waiting for the call,
considering it a duty, not an offer.
I think this is the moment I realised
my cynicism had taken root;
it walked in uninvited
a guest I didn’t open the door for,
a bed I didn’t want to make,
my manners took over me,
it needed a place to stay.
-Alex W. (rough first draft)