The Perfect Words

One after another they race through my mind

 

I’m sorry

Are you okay

Do you want to talk

 

None of them fit

 

I’m here for you

I hope you’re okay

Will you please talk to me

 

The Perfect Words

 

One by one I knock them down

As new ones come 

 

But none of them are right

 

None of them are right because I have no idea what to say to you

 

My heart breaks to see you fall

Because I know you are smarter than you think 

And stronger than you know

But I can do nothing to pick you back up

 

So maybe then you could lean on me 

Once you’re back on your feet

Maybe I could learn to lean on you too

 

But I cannot say this in so many words

 

The perfect words may not even exist

 

But I know that I must say something

 

So I decide to put it in your hands

With a deep breath I say

“I’m here if you need me."

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