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I Saw A Stranger Today


I saw a stranger today.

A visual representation of all my insecurities wears a white hoodie, her long hair flowing down not a strand out of place.

Our eyes meet and I do not recognize the face staring back at me, it’s nothing like the one I used to know.

Everything she swore she’d never be, I’m left wondering where did my friend go? 


Suddenly it all comes rushing back.

Every win and loss,

Every game played and song sung,

Every fight and every text left unanswered,

Every photo and every call, 

It all plays like a movie in the back of my head.


I’m transported back to that day and the tears that went with it .

The words that could never be taken back,

Every ounce of trust being broken.

Realizing that forever was a mere fantasy. 


What happened to us and the promises we made? 

How did we go from a constant in each other’s lives to not being able to even look at each other?

How did we even get to this moment right now, having not spoken in over two years?


I wonder how you’re doing,

If you ever found the peace you so desperately needed.

I wonder if you ever think about me 

and miss the time we spent together.

I wonder if you look back at our friendship fondly.

I wonder if you’ve forgiven me for the narrative you created. 


It’s been a while since you and I have come face to face.

Thought you deserve updates on the time you’ve missed.

Yes I’m still writing and acting if you care. 

Through it all I kept a smile on my face. 


I have a great circle of friends,

I hope you do too. 

I hope I’m not the villain in your eyes any more. 

I hope you’re living the life you deserve to live.


A girl in a white hoodie gives me a look. 

She’s not just a girl.

She knows everything about me,

or  well she used to.

I guess I could say I came face to face

with a stranger today. 


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Elaina Freeman, Writer
Hi everyone! I’m Elaina Freeman and I’m a sophomore at Winthrop High School.  This is my second year on the staff and I can't wait to continue to share my stories with all of you. This club has given me the confidence to share my opinions and I am proud to be a member of the staff!  I am also a proud member of The Winthrop High School Drama Society and our school's creative writing club. Outside of writing, I enjoy playing my guitar and spending time with my friends and family. I’m so happy to be on the staff this year and can’t wait to see what we all do next!

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