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by Janette Lueveen

What a strange pair
Carol and me
She, the strength of a bear
I, as small as a bee

Misfits in nature
Others might say
Outcast by the perfect
From all childhood play

She’d gallop and whinny
Like her favorite pony
I’d hide and weep
Life seemed so lonely

She’d loved to catch me
And swing me around
I giggle, she cackles
Oh, what an joyful sound

Then the terrible teens
Took us grades apart
One was called “challenged”
The other called smart

I found the Christ
And then it was clear
In pain or in joy
I had nothing to fear

Carol had her horses
They made her feel strong
They help her forget
All that was wrong

Then this mere teen,
Childlike in many ways
Took a gun in her hands
And ended her days

If only the world had seen
If only it had shown
Its love and acceptance
Which never was known

I pray in God’s mercy
Carol knows somehow
I loved my friend then
I remember her now

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