You call me up in tears
with a heart full of sorrow
and no courage to stand up to your fear
because now you are all alone.
Friends for the longest time,
I was always that shoulder you cried on
when you were hurt or sad. I wasn’t your friend.
I was the brother you always wished you had.
But that would become our undoing
when I wanted us to be something more
and make Romeo and Juliet look like amateurs.
But you couldn’t see me in that way, and so you said no.
Instead, you fell in love with the temp —
the one who had the flashy abs,
the cute smile, and a bright future that came
with a full wallet.
After high school you went with him,
leaving me alone in the cold and silence.
Years go by like days, and I move on,
living my life
And as for you, he kept you happy for a brief time
and made you feel as if you were the one.
Then reality hit and the problems began.
His life isn’t turning out the way he wants.
His parent’s refuse to pay his way.
He doesn’t have the life he’s accustomed to
and that turns the prince into the ogre.
This change causes him to take it out on you.
So, here we are, and you want things to change.
You ask me if the offer is still on the table,
and you try to find some love to reclaim.
I remind her of the choice she made
and the actions that made her my past.
I tell her how sorry I am for her trouble but
there is nothing that I can do.
I tell her to leave him and find somebody new.
And I tell her if she needs help,
she needs to pick up the phone
and dial the boys in blue.
I have to move forward with my life, and,
I’m sorry, but that doesn’t include you.