I Believed

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I believed in love.

I believe in truth.

I believe in equality.

I believe in hope.

I believe in knowledge.

I believe in a light at the end of a tunnel.

I believe in a reward.

I believe in happiness.

 

Then….

Then, I grew up.

I suffered. I cried.

I wept.

I grew.

I smiled again.

I tried, I tried–

I tried to believe

In love, in anything.

In anything at all,

But the pain

Of knowing

I was alone,

When I had believed

To be loved

Hurt more

Than anything else.

 

I believed

In the goodness

Of mankind.

Now, as I grow,

All I am left

To believe in

Is myself.

 

I believe

In myself.