A random poem of little Venn diagrams. Dedicated to everyone who are forgotten every once in a while.

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Once, I had my own circle.

There was me, and me alone.

So there I smiled, and laughed, and played

and I was happy.

.

Then there were two —

- - - one little red, and one little blue.

So we played together,

- - - and laughed together

- - - - - - and held hands

in our forever playground

- - - under a velvet purple sky.

And when I stood in my little blue circle

I looked at you in your little red circle

and thought.

- - - And I said, "Hello,"

- - - and you said "Hello" back

- - - - - - and then

we were friends.

.

Then there were three.

.

She came in a little yellow circle

- - - with a smile, so dazzling

- - - a green smile, an orange smile —

a rainbow smile.

She held both our hands,

and we stood in a ring

- - - but I saw

- - - a little spot of darkness

- - - shining in its heart

- - - - - - - - - and growing

- - - - - - - - - and growing.

.

I looked at you,

- - - but you looked at her

- - - and she looked back at you.

I said to you, "Let's go and play."

- - - but your hand left mine

- - - and you skipped away with her

- - - - - - in a new

- - - - - - orange

- - - - - - playground.

.

And I said to you, "Let's go and play.

- - - Please."

.

And you laughed together

- - - with her.

.

So I stood, and my circle was blue —

- - - - - - perfect blue

- - - - - - melancholy blue

again

always

- - - and I drew a line around my circle

- - - - - - and coloured a tiny patch at the edge

- - - - - - - - - purple.

That would be where we had played

- - - and laughed

- - - - - - and held hands

- - - - - - - - - once,

where I saw you

- - - and liked you

- - - - - - and loved you

- - - - - - - - - still.

-fin-