I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Katherine. Age 12. Kitimat, Reston, Virginia
Originally published in September-October 2005
                      I wish someone had told me
What to do when saying goodbye.
Do I give an encouraging smile?
Or do I give in and cry?
Do I talk about happy things?
Or sad ones?
Do I talk about what's behind,
Or ahead?
I wish someone had told me.

I wish someone had told me
About truths,
And lies.
About hate,
How to keep yourself
From being despised.
About all the rumors
That are created,
And how to avoid them.
I wish someone had told me.

I wish someone had told me
How to write a poem.
One like this.
I wish someone had told me.
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