FriENDship Lost

I met you that bright day

You blew in with the golden leaves of fall

Our laughter spread into the forest

Where time passes slowly enough

To build our fortress of friendship

Branch by branch

Twig by twig

Securing our structure

But nothing is perfect

And there were holes

Letting the sunlight through

In the winter we huddled together

In the fort

With make believe tea and toast

To warm our bellies

Our heated secrets

Fueling the fire of friendship

Melding together

But the wind blew and our fort wobbled

So we “secured” it with twine

And brought in the new year

With toasts of bubbling glasses

And faces lit like fireworks

In the starless sky

Where resolutions were made

Possibly with regret

Now that I see

Yours was unkept

Or buried

Buried in the sand of summer

Our fortress on the beach

Taking hours of work

To reveal

A stunning sand castle

That

Delighted passers by

Yet here and there

Small lies surfaced

And rushed the entire spectacle

Washing it away

And I was drowning in it at first

But then chose to look the other way

And focus on the stunning sunny day

But the sun faded away

In the distance

There came a call

A battle cry

Founded in untruths and lies

Posted on the internet

Where nothing truly dies

Like a coward

You hid with your guile

For reasons unknown to me

But then a glimpse of light

Because there was a pattern

That I began to see

Your forts

The way you build your forts

Is so very different

Than me

Your reality is steeped in make believe

And my gut feeling told me

To run

To leave

Gaining strength in my every step

I ran and ran

Back to the forest

Where the fort was now gone

Just sunlight standing on the spot

Where it once was

I was stunned

So difficult to understand

How our branches broke

And our twigs scattered

The sun beat down its truth

This was not friendly ground

That day

You knocked the fort down

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