Always a lone dog
Not understood by the peers
Fears that them not seeing me
Means I’m not good enough

Wanting to be appreciated
But knowing this will lead to even more suffering
The smothering of what once was
Speaks in silence

Suddenly, I seek to find
Peace and quiet, of the mind
A sign, that I’m still appreciated
That the things that I do
Are still required in the world

This is not speaking from hurt
Although I am hurt
Sure enough
Growing past the challenges the world
Throws my way

The mind does not understand
Limited is it’s grasp
This is something larger
Harder to fathom

I’m glad I have the support from above
And the understanding of my disappointment
I need to grow and go past
People that I used to ask

Ian Altosaar

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