i. you showed me hazy mornings, clunking footsteps, loose gravel—peace at the tornado’s eye. alone. the silence. i used to hate loneliness, now i embrace it hesitantly, my arms shaking.
ii. you showed me love, loss, letting go. the moment when i saw him in a different light. every inch a man, no longer the carefree youngster. he’s pursuing his dreams, i am lost in oblivion. he never showed me this side of him, never during our talks.
iii. you showed me long conversations—excitement, careful planning. when i finally begin developing a strong friendship, why do i always mess it up? complicate things?
iv. you showed me this amazing human being, full of potential, beautiful beyond words. i love this girl so much, we keep each other strong. no shame in ugly angles, a bare soul. she’s always there, always within reach, always pulling me up.
v. thank you for gentle reminders. i was cut off from the energy-filled group, tinkering away by myself, consumed with desolation, she comes over and wraps her arms around me. the most popular reaching out to the least popular. there’s still hope, still purpose, still future.
vi. thank you for music. soaking in that angelic voice, all I do is play, the fingers flying over the ivory keys, but that is enough.
vii. thank you for burned fingers, the pain will go away but the memories will stay.
viii. thank you for long talks on the long road, alone yet not all alone. thoughtful conversations with the unseen.
ix. finally found the strength to worship, arms lifted high, who cares if people judge. i put the looming shadows behind and faced the shining light. a new day, a new beginning, a new life.
x. hallelujah, our God reigns. hallelujah, our God reigns. hallelujah, our God reigns. forever, all my days, hallelujah.