I Once Knew A Girl

I once knew a girl, so small and so meek,
So scared of people, that she could hardly speak,

I once knew a girl who laughed and who sung,
She knew how to relax, and how to have fun,

I once knew a girl, a girl who was sad,
She felt so lonely with the one friend she had,

I once knew a girl whose faith was so strong,
That she thought she had found a place to belong,

I once knew a girl, a real Jesus fan,
But she fell away when she met a man,

I once knew a girl, so deeply in love,
That she thought human kindness was really enough,

I once knew a girl who didn't feel whole,
So she picked up a knife, to gain back control,

I once knew a girl who felt ugly, ashamed,
So she starved herself to feel pretty again,

I once knew a girl and she drank to forget,
Her past all a blur, her future now set,

I once knew a girl abused by a "friend,"
Her life was ebbing, she wanted it to end,

I once knew a girl, still really a child,
Thrust into parenthood, no time to be wild,

I once knew a girl and I loved her as well,
But I couldn't help through that time when she fell,

I still know a girl, though she seems someone else,
This confused little thing, she is really myself.