She patted me on my back
knowing how much it meant to me.
To lose is not easy
and if the game was life itself
the loss more difficult to bear.
I lost to the world.
I lost my emotions to a society
not worth crying for –
all this and more
she let me know with that little pat
that spoke volumes
of her understanding, love and kindness.
All in that one tiny sensitive pat.
Today, years later
when life dealt her a cruel deal
I knew what I had to do.
I walked up to her,
not a word escaped our lips,
I just patted her shoulder,
hugged her and let be.
All in that little pat.