Meeting Simon On the outskirts of town, I saw someone new cross the border. He had no spring in his step, unlike the normal citizens, who always seemed upbeat. He was trying to look normal, but I could tell by the look on his face that he was very nervous. His clothes were torn and dirty, just like his black hair, which had poorly cut bangs that were hanging over his eyes. He carried a large piece of bamboo with him, which he intensely gripped, as if it was important to him. At the time, I was very confused. Why was all he had a simple piece of wood? And why was he so nervous? The capital city was the safest place in the nation, or so I was always told. Who was this kid? I couldn't help but like him, though. His clothes were so ragged, like mine. Maybe he was like me, a simple kid who traveled around in search of food. He walked past me and said nothing as he examined his surroundings. Noticing a store that a lot of people were entering and exi
Papa BearPapa Bear was large.Strong.Respected.All the other animals looked up to him.There were some big animals in the forest.But none were as large,Or as wise,As Big Papa Bear.He knew everythingAnd everyone.He was close to all,At all times.If you needed him,He was there.He taught all the other animals,The smaller animals of the big forest,The ways of the world.Papa Bear was there.When Little Mouse needed him most."Don't worry. I'm here.""Don't worry. You're one of my favorites, you know."Little Mouse never would have guessedThat BigPapa BearEven noticed her."I'm his favorite."Little Mouse was very closeTo Big Papa Bear.Papa Bear was leaving.Those in another forestReally far awayNeeded him mostNow.Little Mouse was the saddest.She criedAnd criedAnd cried.She gave Big Papa BearA BigBigBig hug.Papa Bear was gone.But yet, he wasn't.Little Mouse still remembered him.That way,Papa Bear never left.
That Oblivious FriendI invested all my time in you.We were best friends. Inseparable.We talked every day.When you needed me, I was there.Always.But then you changed.Your calls became less and less.When I needed you, you were "busy".When we were with others, you drifted off,Away from me.You stopped calling.You stopped being there.You stopped caring,About me,About our friendship.But now I realize,You never were there, anyway.You never actually cared, anyhow.You never were as happy as I was,When we talked,When we spent timeTogether.I've been replaced.I've been alone.