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Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

When I have a bag of candy
I have oh so many friends 
They all come gather around me
But it don’t last, it always ends

I guess I aint that interesting 
I’m so convinced that is true
I wish I could just fit in
All I want is a friend or two

So I steal me another dollar
From daddy’s jacket behind the door
Then I head on down the street
back to the corner store

The man behind the counter 
He asks me “What will be your choice?”
“Please, some red blue and green ones.”
I answer with my quiet voice.

He hands me my bag of candy
I pray it’s a magical treat
That someone might then like me
and not disappear after they eat

They like jelly beans and jawbreakers 
For my treats everyone pretends
I’m just like one of them
and we’re all the best of friends.

Copyright © Richard Lamoureux | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 9/23/2019 3:50:00 AM

    I'm your friend always, dear... candies are just a plus ;) Thanks for the visit. I'll have a collab poem up today or tomorrow. Check my page. Hugs
  1. Date: 9/23/2019 3:35:00 AM

    People are like this as adults also. Friends will be around even when the candy runs out.
  1. Date: 9/23/2019 1:44:00 AM

    A sad tale of sorts Richard. A good poem, but may i ask, is it a true story of your youth?
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 7:51:00 PM

    G'day Richard … like ants around the sugar bowl. Take away the sugar and no ants - I liked the message Richard - Lindsay
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 5:27:00 PM

    A relatable read, Richard. Been meaning to write something along these lines, but it just hasn't come out yet.
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 5:12:00 PM

    Early version of "How to Win Friends and Influence People." LOL. Seriously, this 'simple' story reveals a world about insecurity and our drives. Well-done!! Cheers, Gershon
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 4:36:00 PM

    I like the metaphor...they say the same about someone with a bag of weed... Great write
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 4:09:00 PM

    Well, I like you, Richard! Do you still have a tooth or two? Loved this lovely light-hearted poem.
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 4:00:00 PM

    This beautifully composed poem touched my heart Rick. I could relate to the eagerness to have someone to call a friend. I too am faving this heartfelt write. xxoo
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 3:24:00 PM

    This is a great write--some aspects of your theme everyone has experienced..well done indeed, Richard.
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 3:09:00 PM

    that is a pretty sad thing that kids like someone just for their candy. I hope it was not a true story for you. My situation was a little the same. The popular girls "used" me as their walking home from school buddy. But the minute we were at school and recess time came, they went to their little cliques and ignored me. Nicely done,Richard.
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 3:02:00 PM

    Hi Richard, This poem transported me back to childhood.You know that impressionable age when you wanted to be liked and accepted? I felt for the young child in the story because the younger me ( adult me as well)dealt with the same issues. As always well done and straight into my favs:-) Alexis
  1. Date: 9/22/2019 2:51:00 PM

    I have tears reading your poem it is so moving on so many levels and has so many layers/ reminds me of someone in my family who buys friendship but then the money runs out her 'friends' do a runner. hugs jan xx