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Saying I'm Sorry to a Stranger

 
We were walking down to Tommyís  
The local burger joint, a couple of blocks from school
For fries and drinks
Most of us did that right before practice
 
But on this particular day
As four of us walked down the hill
An older man, afflicted with what looked like CP was approaching
 
I donít remember the conversation we were having
But as the old man was near we got quiet
Thatís when
Alex mocked him
Louis laughed out loud like it was the most hilarious thing  
While Frank and I, laughed awkwardly looking at each other
Like saying ďthatís fucked upĒ
 
That memory had all but faded until recently
When looking at my nephew reaching milestones in his journey
I feel a sense of joy for him and his parents  
Knowing that heís beaten the odds
 
Perhaps itís the guilty conscience of a stupid young teenager
Remembering how insensitive or how thoughtless that wasÖbut
My momma taught me better than that
 
Louis left to another school Sophomore year, never seen or heard from since
Alex, after graduation, has not been seen or heard from either
Frank, I heard he passed away a couple of years ago
And I, from time to time carry a guilty conscience for laughing  
Now praying, saying Iím sorry to a stranger
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