how people get to know each other
to form friendships or assumptions
based on 5 minute meetings in a
I am trying to fathom how one can
make any judgement of who I am
when they’ve never tried to know me
or have a conversation beyond “hellos”.
I am trying to discern
how it can be justified to say things
masked as “concern for a friend”
but are hurtful in any case.
I am trying to figure out
what it is I did to make them feel unwelcome
or why they simply did not approach me
when they felt slighted.
Maybe I am mistaken
but I was pretty sure we are supposed to
be going for a higher standard here.
But who am I to say
how others should think of me?
Maybe I need to try harder
but I feel like there is only so much
I can do.