Enough to Make You Cry
Thomas Merton Brightman
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When I...

Demonstrated playfulness...
Was punished
(Stop it or get a beating)

Demonstrated caring...
Was discounted
(Not now, not here)

Demonstrated ability...
Was criticized
(Never right, good, or soon enough)

Demonstrated loving...
Was rejected
(Go away, too busy to bother with you)

Demonstrated need...
Was abandoned
(Always left out or left behind)

You ask why I cry?

Sometimes
Wanted
To
Die
?