A Chapter by Debbie Barry

A poem about a friendship.




September 27, 1988

He is my brother, he is my friend.
He is my lover, he is my teacher.
He is part of me, but he is separate.

We build walls to protect us.

He builds walls to keep us separate.
He fights a battle within himself:
To be with me, or to love Maressa.

He is also Maressa.
And Melissa,
And Mickey,
And Lostar,
And Barry,
And Terry.

And he is Katharine,
And Brekka,
For they are me.

But as he is Maressa, so is Maressa Lostar.
I cannot, and will not,
And must not separate them.

I must be Deborah,
And Katharine,
And Brekka,
Without being Lostar,
Or Barry,
Or Terry,
Or Maressa,
Or Melissa,
Or Mickey.

It will be lonely. but it will be worth it.
For Lostar loves Maressa, and Maressa loves him.

For Barry.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 19. Don't try to understand the names.

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Added on November 9, 2017
Last Updated on November 9, 2017
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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..