They Do Not Know (Originally Untitled) – Written Tuesday 30th December 2008 (Aged 33)

They Do Not Know

they not know –
how beautiful they are
but then,
do any of us?
every medium
tells you,
that you have not –
reached your potential
that is a footnote
something quite incidental
hardly a revelation
for most of us,
talent has not been our salvation
they do not know –
how special they are
that uneasy tag
that when applied
begins to drag
like carrying expectation
or a heavy bag
those who deserve praise
are the backgrounds heroes
who too easily, get mislaid

James Garratt – Tuesday 30th December 2008

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