Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sartre


There was a time when I read Sartre’s line
“hell is other people”
and nodded my head in agreement.
That time was, of course, high school,
and I was, of course, a jerk.

What I have learned, and am learning
is that other people make life worth living.
Sometimes they make us crazy.
Some people are bad and cruel.

But most of the time, they’re not.
If you smile, many people smile back.
A pleasant word does change your day.
Hours spent with a friend can heal you.

With every year that passes
I learn with greater certainty
that we need each other terribly
that we aren’t meant to be alone,

and that Sartre was wrong.

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