There is a man I know
Though not as well
As people think. And so
It was an unexpected moment
in the middle of an ordinary day,
when he came and said,
“I have many great friends.
I have so much to be grateful for.
I just have so much.
But I am…”
I looked up as he paused
His face was filled with an emotion hard to place, and then he finished,
You could have driven
An 18 wheeler packed with regret
Between the beginning and the conclusion of that sentence.
And tears rolled down his face and onto the desk
I saw, I felt, though I did not know what to say.
How rarely these things deep inside are released
Into light and air.