You Say

Dedication: To Elaine for your failures and mine.

You say

You say that I never really cared about you.
But how could that ever be true?
I cared enough to take you for better or for worse.
I just found that all that you offered me was the worse.
I cared enough to hurt when your words stung deeply into me.
I cared enough to tolerate you with your childish behavior.
And I cared enough to help you grow past it.
I cared enough to teach you and put the world in your grasp.
But in the end, it was you that let that world slip away.
You let it pass from you, like so many water droplets
Through the hands of an old man.