4| Bullies

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I present you a question

What then is a friend?

Is it someone to confide in?

To trust to the very end?

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I guess you now realise

We let that dream drift away

But let's refresh your memory

Visit the place we can't stay

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In the past we were happy

We were the best of friends

Even when we fought

We'd always make amends

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I remember how we'd imagine

Fantasy worlds of fairies and elves

We'd create castles and kingdoms

From the books on our shelves

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But the biggest of castles

And strongest of magic

Couldn't stop the bullies

Dreams are flawed and tragic

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You were constantly teased

For your scrawny figure

You hated what they called you

It was an explosive trigger

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But while you thought

You alone faced insult

Those same bullies found

My fatal fault

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When you weren't there

They were teasing me

Simply for being your friend

I'm glad you didn't see

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I'm glad you didn't see

What defending you meant

But I'd still take it all

Every kick and punch sent

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Because while physically

I needed time to heal

Our friendship kept me sane

Our castles and magic were real

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