Peculiar Poetry

Poetry with and without reason and rhyme.
Strange is what I strive for.
Expect lyrics and limericks, free verse and format.
Be prepared for bubbly and boiled, terrifying and horrifying.
Keep an eye out for those that provoke your thoughts, and some that bear no thought at all.
Many written for class, and others without much of it.
Feel free. There are no boundaries. Just think.
Consider, Ponder, Wonder, Imagine.
Argue, Oppose, Debate, Defend.
Perhaps you will be offended.
That's good.
Think about that.
Learn more of what you think.
How you think.
Take what you can from what you hate.
I don't seek to preach.
I only speak my mind.
A mind most peculiar.


12. "I Can't"

You are abused? 

You self-harm? 

You have an eating disorder? 

You cut? 

You are my friend, and nothing will ever change that. 

But I will tell you something that I dearly hope that you will understand. 

When you are hurt and depressed and mad, you may come to me. 

I am honored that you confide in me for help, but I must confess. 

Don't expect me to empathize with you. 

Don't expect me to relate. 

Don't expect me to give the advice you want. 

Don't expect me to know what you should do. 

It's not because I don't want to. 

It's because I can't. 

I love you, 

And it breaks my heart that you are hurt. 

You have no idea how much you mean to me,

And how badly I want to make you stop and be happy. 

But I really don't know how. 

It's because I haven't gone through what you have. 

I have never been abused. 

I have never inflicted harm upon myself. 

I have never had anorexia or bulimia. 

I have never cut. 

And sometimes it makes me feel terrible

That I don't understand what you say. 

I don't know how you feel. 

And I hate that. 

But if you do come to me for help,

Expect me to love you. 

Expect me to listen to you. 

Expect me to be there for you

When you need a shoulder to cry on. 

Expect me to pray for you whenever you come up in my mind. 

Expect me to always be available to talk about anything at all. 

I will do what I can to help you in any way that you allow me. 

I won't try to understand. That's where things go wrong. 

Because for someone like me, it's impossible. 

I won't try to sound smart or wise, like a preacher or a priest. 

I am being purely honest. 

If empathy and understanding is what you need, 

You shouldn't come to me.

I don't have the answers. 

You'd be better off taking to someone else about such things. 

So no, 

Never expect me to understand what you're going through, 

But expect me to sympathize. 

Never expect me to know how it feels to be hurt like this, 

But expect me to be there if you need me. 

Never expect me to know what to do in your situation 

But expect me to stay your friend thorough thick and thin. 

It's not because I don't love you, 

Because I do so much. 

It's because I can't. 

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