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Whatís it Like to Be Lonely?
 

Whatís it like to be lonely?
Ask the old man down the street--
Whose mailbox is always empty--
Whose doorbell never rings.
He knows.

Whatís it like to be lonely?
Ask the young girl who has run away from home--
Knowing she can never go back--
Thinking no one cares.
She knows.

Whatís it like to be lonely?
Ask the small boy sitting at the edge of the field--
Watching the other children play--
Hoping someone will notice him.
He knows.

Whatís it like to be lonely?
Ask the widow next door--
Whose children have forgotten her--
Who just sits, waiting for death.
She knows.

Whatís it like to be lonely?
Ask me.
I know.

~ ©  Linda E. Newman  ~
All rights reserved. Used with permission
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