Will YOU Notice?

Everyone is polite, respectful

Hinting of admiration and budding friendships

Introducing themselves with warm smiles

That almost reach their eyes

Words express joy

Welcoming to the inner circle

Of a lifetime of friendships

But conversations slide into emptiness

She shifts, uncomfortable in the unknown,

Bracing against the billowing laughter

Based on private jokes and knowledge in common with everyone but her

She’s all alone in the friendly crowd

Wondering who will notice

Would you?

Will you?

Will you notice? Care?

Someone new to your church

your school

your mom’s club

your family gathering

or your neighborhood


That’s all it takes